New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport says more people are flying for Thanksgiving this year than last year with passenger numbers approaching 2019 levels. That has officials at MSY urging flyers to prepare for their trips to help make the airport experience less stressful for them and airport workers.
Airport officials have some words of wisdom for people flying between now and Sunday.
"With all these people coming in through the facility, we just want to be sure to remind passengers to be patient," airport communications director Erin Burns said.
Burns reminds flyers not to wait until the last second to arrive and check in for their flights.
"Give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport, process through the security checkpoint, get to your gate," Burns said, adding that you should arrive at the airport two hours before your flight to make sure you have enough time to get through security.
In addition to arriving at the airport early, TSA officials urge you to keep basic T-S-A rules in mind while traveling.
"Just empty everything in your pockets attached to your belt--or even your belt if you're not in TSA Precheck--put it into your carry-on before you get in line," TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz said. "Have a valid ID ready. Follow the 3-1-1 rule. Liquids, gels, and aerosols: if they are going to be in your carry-on, they must be 3.4 ounces or less and they all need to be placed in a quart-sized bag."
Koshetz says following those rules will help get you through airport security more quickly.