Tinsel, Turkey and Travel – ‘Tis the Season for AirTran Airways’ Annual Holiday Travel Tips

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , has compiled a number of tips and guidelines for passengers and their families traveling this holiday season. With Thanksgiving waiting in the wings, AirTran Airways looks to ensure a smooth travel experience by educating its customers and adding Crew Members to accommodate the influx of holiday travelers.

“We understand how important it is for family and friends to be together during the holiday season,” says Robert L. Fornaro, president and chief operating officer. “AirTran Airways takes pride in delivering a safe and efficient travel experience for our loyal customers all year long.”

AirTran Airways offers the following list of travel tips and guidelines as a service to holiday travelers:

* Leave the Wrapping to Santa’s Elves — Wrapped gifts will have to be
unwrapped during security screenings. Consider shipping gifts ahead of
time. Do not carry wrapped gifts you have received from others.

* Keep Your Valuable Stocking Stuffers With You — Place your medicine,
jewelry, cameras, and other valuables in your carry-on baggage.

* Keep in Mind that Everybody Wants to Be Home for the Holidays — 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.

* Remember That There’s Not Much Room in the Sleigh — Remember you are
allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item. A personal item is
defined as a purse, briefcase, diaper bag or laptop computer 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.

* Leave the Turkey Carver at Home — Security requirements prohibit
passengers from taking certain items in their carry-on bags, which
include: knives of any length, cutting instruments (any kind) including
carpet knives, box cutters and folding or retractable blades regardless
of blade length or composition. Straight razors are prohibited but
disposable razors, e.g., Gillette or Bic, are allowed. For more
information on permitted or prohibited items, visit the Transportation
Security Administration’s (TSA) website at http://www.tsa.gov/.

* Gift Tag Your Bag — 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.

* Unlock the Holiday Cheer — The TSA recommends that you leave your
baggage unlocked as it may be inspected during the security screening

* Silver Bells — and other metals — Must Be X-Rayed — At the screening
checkpoint, be prepared to take your shoes off, empty your pockets of
all metal and remove laptops from your carry-on baggage.

* Mind Father Time — Baggage may be checked at the airport no more than
four hours prior to departure time and no fewer than thirty minutes
prior to departure at most cities — for individual airport times,
please check our Contract of Carriage on http://www.airtran.com/.

* Give Thanks … for the Internet — Check-In for your flights up to 24
hours prior to departure with our Online Flight Check-In on
http://www.airtran.com/. You will be able to select your seat
assignment, print your boarding passes, and print a receipt from your

* Your Most Important Holiday Photo is on 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

* Safety is the Secret to the Season — 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

AirTran Airways wishes its customers and Crew Members a safe and happy holiday season! AirTran Airways, one of America’s largest low-fare airlines with 6,700 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 500 daily flights to 48 destinations. The airline’s hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways recently added the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 aircraft to create America’s youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft. For reservations or more information, visit http://www.airtran.com/ (America Online Keyword: AirTran).

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