CLEVELAND -- Our stomachs aren't the only things stuffed during Thanksgiving -- airports are always jam-packed with travelers.
According to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), airline industry experts are predicting that Nov. 16, 21, 25 and 26 will be the busiest travel days connected to Thanksgiving.
To help prepare all guests before arriving at the packed airport, CLE has launched a guide filled with tips to make the upcoming holiday travel a smooth process.
- Passengers should expect longer lines at the ticket counters and the three CLE security checkpoints.
-Airport officials encourage travelers to arrive at least two hours before scheduled departures to allow time for inclement weather, traffic, parking, checking-in and going through the checkpoints.
- CLE's website is a one-stop shop for travelers looking for travel information, including traffic, weather, flight status and airline contact information.
- Follow CLE on Twitter at @GoingPlacesCLE for airport travel conditions.
- Consider using the airline's website to do advance check-in to print your boarding pass up to 24 hours before departure.
- Picking up friends and family at the airport? Don't circle the airport waiting for the call they have arrived. Park and wait in the CLE Cell Phone Lot located off 237 South. Follow the blue directional signs.
5 PARKING OPTIONS
- CLE Curbside Valet: $21 per day, located on the upper roadway near the Delta Air Lines and US Airways ticket counters.
- The hourly/daily garage: $14 per day.
- Long-term parking garage: $10 per day.
- The economy shuttle parking lot: $8 per day.
- The new economy parking lot: $8 a day, located next to the long-term parking garage.
RTA RED LINE TO THE AIRPORT
Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 27, the RTA Red Line rail tunnel will undergo major repairs and will be closed for approximately six months. During the shutdown, RTA will operate bus service between the bus stop area on the east side of Brookpark Station and a designated location at the Airport Terminal. Buses will have destination signs that read "Red Line." Buses will operate every 20 minutes until Dec. 9th, when they will begin operating every 15 minutes.
SECURITY CHECKPOINT PREPAREDNESS
- Always have a government-issued ID ready to present at the airline ticket counter and security checkpoint.
- Be sure to look through your luggage to ensure no prohibited items are in the bag.
- All three CLE checkpoints now have Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for passenger screening. Metal detectors and X-ray machines for carry-on items are also in place for passenger screening.
- Remember the TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry-on items: Three ounces per container, in a clear one-quart bag, per passenger.
- Knives, scissors with pointed tips, pepper spray and other such items are prohibited as carry-on items.
- For a comprehensive list of banned and permitted items, visit the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov.
- Carry-on luggage is restricted to one bag and one personal item per person. A personal item includes a purse, briefcase or laptop bag. Keep in mind that most airlines now charge at least $15 for the first bag for each passenger and more for additional bags.
- Outer coats, jackets and other such outer garments must be removed and put through x-ray screening.
- Children under the age of 12 will not have to remove their shoes before going through security.