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For Immediate Release
November 19, 2012

Airports Authority Offers Holiday Travel Tips
Travelers will find New Security Screening Lanes, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Enhanced Parking Features

Thanksgiving week is the kickoff of a season of holiday travel that lasts through the New Year. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has worked throughout 2012 to prepare Reagan National and Dulles International Airports to serve its customers well during this busy time. Several tips and enhancements are worthy of note as travelers prepare to take flight to visit family and friends.
“We advise our customers to plan ahead and arrive early during peak times this holiday season,” said Jack Potter, Metropolitan Airports Authority President and CEO. “We are committed to providing an excellent, welcoming experience to all travelers who come to our airports – especially at this time of the year.”

Earlier this year, The Transportation Security Administration introduced TSA Pre✓™, a dedicated security checkpoint available for passengers who are approved for expedited screening through the program. TSA Pre✓™ approved passengers no longer need to remove shoes, belts, laptops, or 3-1-1 compliant bags from carry-on luggage. All passengers are encouraged to visit the Transportation Security Administration’s website to learn more about this new program.

The Airports Authority anticipates that the Thanksgiving holiday rush will start on Friday, November 16 and continue through Monday, November 26. Peak travel times are typically during the early morning (5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.) and late afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). There could also be a mid-day peak (11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Travelers are advised to arrive at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight, especially during these peak times.

Student Ambassadors — wearing distinctive yellow shirts — and Travelers Aid volunteers — wearing blue blazers — are located at both Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport to give directions, answer questions and offer assistance to passengers.


The Airports Authority offers these tips to holiday travelers:

We wish you safe and enjoyable travels this holiday season.