Record number of passengers and travelers expected for Thanksgiving holiday

Published: Nov. 20, 2018 at 4:14 AM CST
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Thanksgiving 2018 is projected to be busier than ever. Travel experts say more than 50 million people will travel sometime during the holiday, the most since 2007.

A Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA) in Mosinee, airport officials are also gearing up for the increase in passengers. Airport manager Brian Grefe said CWA is expecting 10 percent more passengers than they saw just last year.

He told NewsChannel 7 the reason is because the airport is offering more flights and tickets are cheaper. Those factor though, will make for some big changes in time spent in security which is why he's sending a message ahead of the busiest days.

"The biggest message I want to get out is to arrive early because of those people that are savvy travelers. They may have learned you can arrive an hour or less ahead of time and still make the flight. That just may not work, this week." Grefe said.

During the holiday, it's best arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes if not 2 hours ahead of time. However, one way to keep things moving and avoid unnecessary delays in part falls on the responsibility of passengers.

Remember to limit your liquids and gels to 3 ounces, coats shoes, belts off and laptops out unless you are TSA pre-check. Those reminders are going to help get you through security faster.

Another thing to double check before you head to the airport, make sure you know what can and what can't be brought on the plane or packed in your bag in terms of food. Grefe said airport and security officials see a lot more packed food items during Thanksgiving.

The rules are specific but doable and we don't want you showing up to Thanksgiving Dinner empty handed. The following information comes from

Please be aware that creamy and spreadable foods, like gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, jam and beverages must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item, which must be placed in a 1 quart-sized, zip-top bag. If you are taking larger amounts, you’re more than welcome to pack these items in a checked bag. You don’t want to show up to dinner empty handed.

Solid foods, like dry stuffing, fresh cranberries, turkey, bread, baked potatoes, baked goods, pies, fruits and vegetables are allowed through the security checkpoint in your carry-on bag. You can also pack them in your checked bag.

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