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Holiday Travel Tips

December 3, 2012

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The month of December is expected to bring more than 4 million passengers to IAH and HOU.
More than 4 million passengers are expected to pass through the gates at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) during the month of December alone.

The traffic is expected to get particularly heavy toward the end of the month, as more and more people begin to fly home for the holiday season.

There are several steps available for passengers looking to minimize the challenges associated with holiday travel. For example, passengers should arrive at the airport early in order to avoid missing their specific flight, and they should remain in close contact with their chosen airline in order to receive the latest information regarding potential changes to the flight’s itinerary.

Security Checkpoint Wait Times:
To check the current wait times for each security checkpoint at IAH and HOU, visit, where the current wait times are displayed on the center of the page and are updated every 15 minutes. For more information on the tool, Click Here.

Once passengers arrive at the airport, the following holiday tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be helpful in navigating their way through the security checkpoint:

3-1-1 Policy for Liquids, Gels, and Aerosols (for carry-on luggage only)
• 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols; placed in a
• 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles;
• 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin

• Do not travel with wrapped packages. In order to determine if the contents of a package are a threat, a security officer may need to unwrap and inspect the item.

• Food items such as pies and cakes are permitted, but may require further inspection.

Snow Globes
• Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis-ball size) will be permitted, provided it can fit in quart-sized bag with other liquids.

TSA has also implemented TSA PreCheck, the expedited prescreening initiative for known travelers and active duty service members, at IAH. The program, which allows select passenger to avoid the removal of shoes, jackets, belts and other items, is available to certain passengers flying United Airlines in Terminal C. TSA also notes that it has modified procedures for screening passengers 12 and under, 75 and older and airlines crewmembers in an effort to reduce, although not eliminate, the need for a pat-down.

You can access more information from the Transportation Security Administration by clicking here or visiting their website at
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