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Flying out of town for the holidays? Here's how you can get through security faster

Posted: 3:06 PM, Dec 20, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-20 16:58:36-05
Flying out of town for the holidays? Here's how you can get through security faster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Leaving town for the Christmas weekend?

Getting home for the holidays can be stressful. But once you are packed and at the airport, it's time to relax.

We have some tips to help keep your trip from becoming chaotic.

TSA said it will screen more than 40 million people between Dec.15, 2017, and Jan. 2, 2018. TSA is expecting anywhere from 100,000 to 400,000 additional people flying each day across the country.

Get to the airport early

You should plan to be at the airport two hours before your flight if you're staying in the U.S. If you are flying internationally, you need to arrive three hours before your flight.

Remove large electronics from carry-on bags

Unless you have TSA pre-check, you'll need to remove all personal electronics larger than your cell phone from carry-on bags for screening.

Don't wrap your presents

TSA may have to unwrap a gift if it triggers an alarm. TSA suggests using a gift bag instead, or wrapping presents when you arrive where you're going.

Think ahead

The TSA has a resource on its website that lets you search for a specific item to check if you're allowed to travel with it in a checked bag or carry on. 

To see flight departures and arrivals, check  KCI's website.