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Heavy volume expected at San Antonio International Airport in next 10 days

Thanksgiving among busiest times of entire year

SAN ANTONIO - Thanksgiving is one of the three busiest times of the year for air travel.

"Aside from maybe spring break and Christmas, Thanksgiving is always busy here at the airport," said Rich Johnson, spokesman for San Antonio International Airport.

In fact, three of the next 10 days -- including this Friday -- are some of the busiest air travel days of the entire year.

"The 16th, the 19th, and the 25th are extremely busy days. A lot of the airlines are booked near, at, or even above capacity in the coming days," Johnson said.

Not only the volume, but the primary type of traveler is expected to cause delays at security check points.

"It's a popular weekend for families to travel. It's not your business traveler with one carry-on. It's people with strollers and extra luggage," Johnson said.

It's not all bad news when it comes to holiday travel at the airport.

The security restrictions have been loosened for some passengers.

"If you are 12 or younger or 75 and older, you no longer have to take off you shoes to go through security," Johnson said.

There is a very important rule regarding any gifts you may be bringing on your trip.

"If you are bringing packages, don't have them wrapped. The TSA is going to open them whether its checked or carry-on," Johnson said.

Perhaps the most important advice for air travelers in the coming days is get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled to board, and bring plenty of patience.


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