Holiday Travel Tips

'Tis the Season to Fly Home for the Holidays

   There is an estimated 1.3 million people traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday period. Be sure to arrive early.

The peak travel season of the year is upon us. During the 13-day Thanksgiving travel period through December, more than 5.3 million passengers will travel through George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) Airports.

There are several tips we’d like to share with you, to help your time at the airports be as easy as pie and to save you time:

Arrive Early

During this time of the year, we advise you arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight, to give you time to get drive through traffic, find a parking space, check your bags, wait at the checkpoint to get screened and find your gate. Remember, there will be people and lines everywhere.

Technology Helps Travelers

Security Checkpoint Wait Times:
To check the current wait times for each security checkpoint at IAH and HOU, visit the homepage, 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.

Parking Availability:
Parking at all airport terminal garages and Hobby Airport ecopark lots are monitored. You can even click on the garages and get a break-down of availability on each level.

For IAH, visit the homepage or Click Here.
For HOU, visit the Hobby Airport homepage or Click Here.

Flight Status:
You can check the status of a flight on or on the airline web site to know if it is operating as originally scheduled. During peak travel periods it is best to monitor closely to know if your flight time is being adjusted due to weather or other events.

For IAH, Click Here.
For HOU, Click Here.

Public Access Videophones (PAV):
IAH and HOU now have PAVs with Video Relay Service that provide a way for customers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and whose primary language is American Sign Language, a way to communicate by using the service through a computer with a built-in camera. For more information and to see maps of where they are located, Click Here.

Passenger Pick Up Lots
If you’re picking someone up at either IAH or HOU, use the Passenger Pick Up Lots. They are free to park, so that you can wait for your party to call you when they’re ready for you to pick them up curbside. Just follow the purple signs.

For IAH’s Passenger Pick Up Lot, including a map, Click Here.
For HOU Passenger Pick Up Lot, including a map, Click Here.

TSA Security Checkpoint
The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) web site is filled with helpful tips to get your through the checkpoint. Some tips that stand out are:

• The 3-1-1 policy for liquids is still in effect
• Children under the age of 12 can keep their shoes on
• Do not wrap gifts
• Pies and cakes are permitted through the checkpoint, but may require further inspection
• Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 oz will be permitted in your carry-on
• Additional questions can be answered by calling the TSA Cares Helpline at 855-787-2227

For more information, visit

Follow Us on Twitter
During this busy time, we’ll be tweeting additional holiday tips. Follow us @iah and/or @HobbyAirport on Twitter.



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