Tips for flying this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – If you plan on taking a flight this Thanksgiving, there are a few things you should know before heading to the airport.

The Thanksgiving travel period officially began Friday and will run until November 29th. According to Airlines for America, during that period, 27.3 million passengers will travel globally.

They expect Friday through the November 23, and the November 26 through November 28 to be the busiest times. This is, after all, the busiest travel time of the year.

At Bradley International Airport Friday morning things were moving smoothly. Passengers 22News spoke with said they had no issues.

“Travel has been smooth so far. No weather delays, no problems in any of the airports we’re connecting to,” Alton Jones said. “We’re flying back home through Chicago today, I notice there is a winter storm heading that way, so we’re crossing our fingers.”

Even if you think you know what’s on the prohibited carry-on items list, TSA is urging passengers to check that list before they get to the airport. They say its one of the easiest ways to cut down on the time you spend waiting in line.

“I think its easier,” Al Rorison said. “They used to take every little piece out of your baggage and look at it and now they just sort of look at it and go through.”

According to TSA, over 2,000 firearms have been discovered in carry-on bags this year. Many passengers who have brought guns, ammunition, knives, or other prohibited items, say that they did so unknowingly.