WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP)– The official Thanksgiving Day travel period begins Wednesday. Early morning travelers at Bradley International Airport faced long security lines, but most flights were running on time and as scheduled.
By 6:30 Wednesday morning, security lines had thinned out, but travelers should plan ahead for those lines to increase throughout the day.
The U.S. State Department says the country is on a heightened security alert following the recent terror attacks in Paris. They warn that heightened security is expected to last through late February of 2016.
One western Massachusetts traveler told 22News that he planned ahead, expecting security lines to be a bit longer Wednesday morning.
“I showed up an extra half hour… but again, you just have got to plan for all that stuff as long as you plan ahead you’re good to go,” Keith Hollaway, from Easthampton, told 22News
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics is reporting an overall increase in air travel in 2015 and warns air passengers over the holiday season should expect more crowded airports and planes.
TSA officials urge you to come prepared to the airport. Remember, all liquids gels and aerosoles in your carry on need to be less than 3.4 ounces. You can travel with your medications but be sure you remove any sharp objects like tweezers out of your carry on luggage.
Travel experts are expecting this year’s Thanksgiving travel period to have the highest number of people boarding planes and out on the roads since 2007.