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Air travel tips ahead of Thanksgiving

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Travel tips ahead of Thanksgiving

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but before you head to the airport, there are a few things to consider.

Brian Grefe, Airport Director at CWA, said that they are anticipating much more travel than they saw last year, as well as more travel than they've seen this fall.

He says the flights they have are relatively compressed, meaning that certain times could see a decent size crowd at the airport.

With one checkpoint,  if that's backed up, it could slow down the line.

He recommends arriving at least 60 to 90 minutes early.

And don't assume your travels will be quieter and quicker on your way home.

"We see travel picking up already because of Wisconsin deer hunting season, people stay for the week. And that'll trickle in through the rest of this week into Thanksgiving day. But that Sunday, and Monday, leaving is really our busiest time after the holiday," Grefe said.

Make sure you know what's in your bag.

Grefe said said if you have any liquids, even liquid-type foods, those should go in your checked bag versus your carry-on.

He adds that since its a lot of family and vacation travel, do your best to pack smart.

"If you're traveling with presents, they should be unwrapped while you're traveling. If TSA needs to get into them, they may have to open them up which is something nobody wants," Grefe said.

In addition to packing smart, arrive early and give yourself extra time for getting thru security.

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