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Summer Travel is in the Air

June 4, 2013

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The summer travel season is expected to bring heavy crowds at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (above) and William P. Hobby Airport.
It’s June, the kids are out of school and vacation is on everyone’s minds. If you don’t travel often, we’re here to help with a few travel tips to help get you and your family through both George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) Airports as best as we can.

Know Before You Go!

Whether you’re a novice traveler or seasoned traveler, it’s always a good idea to know the latest rules from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Their website is filled with tips for getting though security and what you can and cannot pack in your carry-on luggage and/or on your flight. For example:

· 3-1-1 Rules (liquid-ban) are still in effect
· Tips for passengers 75 years old and older
· Tips for children 12 years & under
· List of Prohibited Items
· ID Requirements for Airport Checkpoints
· Sign up for the TSA Pre✓™ Program

Arrive Early
We always encourage all of our customers throughout the year to arrive early, but in the summer months, there are an extra amount of travelers at the airports with families that do not travel often and need extra time getting through the airport. We strongly suggest you allow extra time for:

· Parking:
o For HOU: There are three parking options at Hobby Airport, the main garage, ecopark 1 and ecopark 2. You can monitor parking in real-time on the Hobby Homepage; just Click Here.
o For IAH: Parking is plentiful in the parking garages and ecopark. You can monitor parking in real-time on the IAH Homepage; just Click Here.

· Checking-in:
Several airlines charge for checking your luggage. You’ll need to make sure all is taken care of at the ticket counter, including weighing your bags. Plus, ask any questions you might have.

· Security wait time:
Summer brings many novice travelers to the airport, including families with small children. This means security wait times will be longer.
o For IAH: TSA at IAH is recommending domestic travelers to arrive at least two (2) hours before their flight is scheduled to depart and at least three (3) hours for international travelers.
o For HOU: TSA at HOU is recommending travelers to arrive at least an hour and half (1 ½ hours) to two (2) hours before their flight is scheduled to depart.

· Finding your gate:
If you’re at HOU, this shouldn’t be much of a problem. However, if you’re at IAH, the five-terminal airport can be somewhat intimidating, especially if you don’t know the airport very well. Make sure you give yourself enough time to arrive, so you and the big airport can get acquainted.
· Trying to relax before your flight:
After all of this, who doesn’t want to sit down and unwind a little? Grab a meal, a snack and/or a drink. Or, do some shopping! We’ve got plenty of shops! Which brings us to…

Need Help Finding Something at the Airports? Use Our “Search For…” Web Tool
There is a lot to see and do at Houston’s Airports and we’ve got you covered! has a great search tool to help you decide where to dine, shop and find services that you need that are closest to you at the click of a few buttons. The tool can be found in the middle of the homepage, right at the bottom. Choose which airport you’re at, what you’d like to find and what terminal you are in. If you need more help – Tweet us!

Twitter Help to the Rescue!
Do you have a question that is not listed in this article or that you simply can’t find on our website or anywhere else? Follow us on Twitter and we will do our best to help you when we can.

For IAH, follow us @iah:
For Hobby, follow us @HobbyAirport:

Use Our FREE Cell Phone Lots
Both Airport have FREE Cell Phone Lots. All you have to do is follow the black signs to relax and avoid circling the airport while you wait for your party’s phone call to let you know they are ready to be picked up at baggage claim. IAH has two Cell Phone Lots; one is located off of Will Clayton Pkwy and the other is located on JFK Blvd. For more info, visit At HOU, the Cell Phone Lot is located off of Airport Blvd.

For more info, visit CellLot. We hope you enjoy your summer travels!
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