35 Million Passengers Expected to Travel Over Winter Holidays

Airlines Recommend Travelers Take Logical Steps to Expedite Check In

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The Air Transport Association (ATA) expects 35 million passengers to travel globally on U.S. airlines over the 16- day winter holiday period (Dec. 18-Jan. 2), unchanged from a year ago. ATA anticipates growth in international air travel, offsetting a modest year-over- year decline in domestic passengers during this period.

“Because millions of infrequent travelers will be flying over a 16-day period, many carrying gifts, passengers should remember to give themselves plenty of time to get to the airport and check in,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May. “Planning, patience, cooperation and holiday spirit will go a long way in helping make traveling a pleasant experience.”

Following are some important tips in helping travelers this holiday season:

* Do not wrap gifts prior to arriving to the airport, because they may
need to be physically inspected at the security checkpoint
* Arrive at the airport one to two hours (depending on destination) prior
to departure for domestic flights, and at least two hours for
international flights. It is important to check with your carrier in
advance for specific recommendations.
* Many airline Web sites offer check in 24 hours or less prior to
departure. Kiosks also offer convenient automated check in, which can
greatly expedite the process
* Travel with a government-issued photo identification card and have it
ready for security officials to examine
* Federal rules limit each customer’s carry-on baggage to one standard-
size bag and one personal item (e.g., purse, briefcase, laptop computer)
* Place all metallic objects (e.g., loose change, keys, cell phone, watch,
camera) in a carry-on bag before arriving at security checkpoints

ATA suggests travelers also visit other helpful Web sites prior to traveling, including:

* Your Airline’s Web Site
* FAA Airport and Flight Delay Map –
http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp
* TSA Security Checkpoint Wait Times –
http://waittime.tsa.dhs.gov/index.html
* TSA Travel Tips –
http://www.tsa.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/Holiday_Checklist.html
* TSA Changes to Screening Process (effective Dec. 22, 2005) –
http://www.tsa.gov/public/display?theme=40&content=090005198018c349

The Air Transport Association of America, Inc. is the trade association for leading U.S. airlines. ATA airline members transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic.

ATA Airline Members are: ABX Air, Inc., Alaska Airlines, Inc., Aloha Airlines, American Airlines, Inc., ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc., ATA Airlines, Inc., Atlas Air, Inc., Continental Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., Evergreen International Airlines, Inc., FedEx Corporation, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways Corp., Midwest Airlines, Inc., Northwest Airlines, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co., United Airlines, Inc., UPS Airlines, US Airways, Inc.; ATA Airline Associate Members: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Jamaica Ltd., Mexicana; ATA Industry Members: Aero Instruments & Avionics, Inc., Benfield Group, Bombardier Regional Aircraft, Cendant Corporation, Embraer, KPMG, Metron Aviation, Inc., Pratt & Whitney, Sensis Corp., SITA, TDG Aerospace, Inc., TIMCO Aviation Services, Unisys Global Transportation, USI Insurance Services, WinWare, Inc.

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