Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tallahassee Regional Airport Issues Holiday Travel Advisory

With the start of the busy holiday season, the Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) is offering the following tips to help passengers prepare for a safe and enjoyable travel experience.
"We want travelers to have a good experience at the airport; planning ahead and arriving early will help during this busy time of year," Airport Director Sunil Harman said.
TLH is advising travelers flying during the holiday season to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to their scheduled departure time. As always, skycap services will be available for customers needing special assistance.
Customers are encouraged to take advantage of the airport’s Valet Parking Service and Cell Phone Parking Lot. Using the Cell Phone Parking Lot is easy. When your party arrives, they call you via cell phone, and you then pick them up curbside. The Cell Phone Parking Lot is free; however customers are reminded that unattended vehicles are not authorized.
The following tips are offered to help make your holiday travels more enjoyable:
  • Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
  • Expect heavy passenger traffic.
  • Do not wrap gifts or packages.
  • Bring a boarding pass, ticket or ticket confirmation, such as a printed itinerary, and a government-issued photo ID.
  • Travelers should carry all film in their carry-on baggage, as equipment used to screen checked baggage will damage undeveloped film.
  • Do not pack fragile or valuable items in checked baggage. Ship them or take them in your carry-on baggage.
  • Travelers should pack light and check with their airline regarding checked baggage fees. Some airlines have recently implemented new fees and/or updated their rates.
  • Do not lock your checked baggage unless you use a Transportation Security Administration approved lock.
  • Passengers selected for additional security checkpoint screening have the right to request it be done in a private location.
  • Make your trip more convenient by using 3-1-1 for carry-on baggage. 3-1-1 = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in the carry-on baggage screening bin at the security checkpoint. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier security checkpoint experience. If in doubt, put your liquids in your checked luggage. Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the security checkpoint.
  • For the most up to date aviation security travel information, contact the Transportation Security Administration atwww.tsa.gov.
The holiday season is the busiest time of the year at airports. Travelers are asked to arrive early and be patient. Airport food and beverage concessionaires will be available throughout the entire holiday season.
The Tallahassee Regional Airport is owned and operated by the City of Tallahassee. TLH provides air service for a 100-mile market service area, including 32 counties in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Commercial air carriers include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways. For more information about the Tallahassee Regional Airport, please visit FlyTallahassee.com  or call 891-7800. You can also stay up-to-date on happenings at TLH by liking it on Facebook at Facebook.com/FlyTallahassee  or following it on Twitter @iflyTallahassee.
CONTACT:  Jim Durwin, Assistant Superintendent-Airport Operations, 891-7818; or Alison Faris, Communications Department, 891-8533

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