The FINANCIAL –AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), is helping travelers successfully pilot through this holiday travel season with the airline's annual holiday travel tips.
For seven years running, the low-fare carrier has been offering its tips of the trade to customers braving the bustling airports during the busy winter months.
"Nothing is more important than being with family and friends during the holidays, but with so many people traveling, it can be a stressful experience," said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways' chairman, president and CEO. "AirTran Airways can help you focus more on the important things and less on your travel with our easy-to-follow tips, along with convenient online booking and check-in on airtran.com."
AirTran Airways offers the following list of travel tips and guidelines as a service to holiday travelers:
— Save the Wrapping for Later – Wrapped gifts might have to be unwrapped
during security screenings. Consider shipping gifts ahead of time.
Do not carry wrapped gifts you have received from others.
— Secure Your Valuables – Place your medicine, jewelry, cameras, and
other valuables in your carry-on baggage.
— Remember to Leave Time for the Airport "Holidaze" – During the busy
holidays, anticipate possible slowdowns caused by heavy traffic,
crowded airport parking lots and busy ticket counters and security
checkpoints. AirTran Airways recommends passengers arrive at the
airport a minimum of 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure, or two
hours ahead of time if you plan to check baggage.
— Keep the Gifts to a Reasonable Number – On the aircraft, you are
allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item. A personal item is
defined as a purse, briefcase, diaper bag or laptop bag. Per FAA
regulations, both the carry-on bag and the personal item must fit
underneath the seat in front of you or in the EasyFit overhead bins.
— Gift Tag Your Luggage – A baggage tag with your name, home address and
telephone number must be placed on the outside of your bag. It is
also a good idea to put your home address, telephone number,
destination address and telephone number inside your bag.
— The New Year's Clock is Ticking – Baggage may be checked at the
airport no more than four hours prior to departure time and no less
than one hour prior to departure at most cities. For individual
airport times, please check our Contract of Carriage on airtran.com.
— More Convenient Than Travel by Sleigh – Check in for your flights up
to 24 hours prior to departure with our Online Flight Check-In on
airtran.com. You will be able to select your seat assignment and
print your boarding passes and a receipt from your computer.
— Three is the Magic Number – Per the TSA's guidelines, travelers can
bring liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on luggage. The items
must be stored in containers no larger than three ounces and must be
housed in a single, quart-sized zip-top, clear plastic bag.
— Lighting Up the Holidays – The TSA no longer bans common lighters in
carry-on luggage, although torch lighters remain banned in carry-ons.
Lighters do not need to be contained in a plastic bag for liquids.
— Leave the Carving Knives at Home – Security requirements prohibit
passengers from taking certain items in their carry-on bags,
including: knives, cutting instruments (any kind), box cutters and
folding or retractable blades regardless of blade length or
composition. Straight razors are prohibited but disposable razors,
e.g. Bic, are allowed. Metal scissors with blades shorter than four
inches are also now allowed.
— Unlock the Holiday Cheer – The TSA recommends that you leave your
baggage unlocked as it may be inspected during the security screening
— From Silver Bells to Elf Shoes, All Subject to X-Ray – At the
screening checkpoint, be prepared to take your shoes off, remove your
jacket, empty your pockets of all metal and remove laptops from your
— Check Twice for Your ID – AirTran Airways' security procedures require
that all travelers 18 years of age and older show a government-issued
photo ID, such as a valid driver's license, a passport or military ID.
If you do not have one of the above, you may show two forms of
non-photo ID, at least one of which must be issued by a local, state
or federal government agency such as the following: birth certificate,
Medicare card, voter registration card, Social Security card. Ensure
that the name on your itinerary matches the name on your
— Leave Milk for Santa and Other Liquids at the Door – The TSA has eased
its ban on beverages. Travelers are now allowed to bring
thirst-quenchers onto an airplane, but only if they are purchased at
the airport past the security checkpoint.
— Peace of Mind: The Airport's Gift to You – Only ticketed passengers
may proceed past the security screening checkpoint. Due to heightened
security measures, passengers may experience the following:
— Increased number of uniformed law enforcement and security personnel
— Reduced access points to secured areas at airports
— Towing of unattended vehicles near the terminals
— Heightened awareness of unattended bags
— Requests for ID and receipt/itinerary for travel
— Prohibition on the sale of knifelike items