CLEVELAND (WJW) — Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is offering travel advice on how to make flying and driving easy and stress-free this Thanksgiving.

AAA East Central, the Transportation Security Administration, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the Ohio Department of Transportation held a press conference Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that more than 48,000 flights were scheduled for Tuesday. This animation by the FAA shows projected flight paths through the United States:

(Credit: FAA via Storyful)

AAA projects that 54.6 million people will be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday. And given the increase in Thanksgiving travel, AAA said this advice will be necessary to ensure travelers arrive at their destinations on time.

Travel experts discussed:

  • Tips and resources to help prepare for the holiday travel season
  • How to pack to avoid delays at the TSA security screening checkpoint
  • AAA’s Thanksgiving Travel Forecast
  • Advice for Ohio motorists
  • Work zone safety
  • Traveling in poor weather conditions

AAA said most travelers (nearly 49 million people) are expected to travel by car.

According to TSA, it has seen an increase in travel this year.

“We expect to be busier this year than last year at this time, and probably very close to pre-pandemic levels,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “We are prepared to handle the projected increase in travel volumes next week.”

According to TSA, the three busiest days during the Thanksgiving travel period are typically the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.

TSA recommends travelers keep these tips in mind before arriving at the airport:

  • Pack smart – Prepare for security when packing for your trip and be aware of what can go in carry-on or checked bags – ensure there are no prohibited items.
    • Certain foods, such as gravy, cranberry sauce, wine, jam and preserves, must be packed in a checked bag because they are considered liquids. If you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pump it or pour it, then it is a liquid and must be packed in a checked bag.
    • As always, passengers may bring solid foods such as cakes and other baked goods through the TSA checkpoint. 
  • Do not bring firearms or other weapons to the checkpoint – Passengers are prohibited from packing firearms in carry-on luggage. However, they are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage, as long as they are properly packaged and declared at the airline ticket counter. Firearms must be unloaded and packed in a hard-sided locked case. Ammunition must be in its original container and locked in the hard-sided case.
  • Bring an acceptable ID
  • Request passenger support – Travelers or families of passengers with disabilities and/or medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline at 855-787-2227 at least 72 hours before traveling.
  • See Something. Say Something – Public awareness remains a key element in transportation security.
  • Practice good cybersecurity habits. Effective cybersecurity habits are not limited to the home or office. Those who are traveling – whether domestically or internationally – should continue to practice safe online behaviors. Take proactive steps to secure internet-enabled devices. Practice the concept of stop, think and connect prior to connecting to any public wireless hotspot, such as those at airports, hotels and cafés. For more cybersecurity tips, visit cisa.gov
  • Show gratitude to frontline workers