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Photo of a pie which successfully passed TSA inspection
Firecrackers? No. Entire roasted turkeys and baked pies? Yes and yes!
The TSA released their 2014 Holiday Travel Tips just ahead of Thanksgiving, but most of the notes best apply to the upcoming rush around Christmas.
For what seems like forever, we've always been told that wrapped gifts are not allowed in luggage because, inevitably, the TSA will have to open them to check their contents. Of course that made no sense considering the use of baggage scanners, but it seemed just one of many outdated security rules still idly enforced.
Cut to the 2014 tips, and the TSA clarifies this issue:
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It may not be "Follow Friday," but if you only follow one social media account this week, let it be that of the International Space Station.
Instagramming as @iss, the crew frequently post photos of the Earth below them, completely blowing away any other cappuccino foam or macro flower photo on Instagram.
Despite warnings, today's day-before-Thanksgiving mix of horrible weather and equally unpleasant crowding at airports hasn't been so bad. The expected snow only dropped inches versus feet on the east coast, and the FlightAware Misery Map lists 490 delays and 12 cancellations (as of 10am EST), whereas it lit up with over 1,600 cancellations during a blizzard back in January.
Still, there will be travelers inconvenienced whether it's the fault of the weather, airline scheduling, or relatives conspiring to keep you home longer over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Aside from following your airlines on social media and keeping up with travel waivers, what else can be done? For one, there are things you can buy at the airport to make your wait a little more comfortable. Or make the best of a delay by using the airport for their entertainment zone it is.
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It has begun.
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, airlines are already issuing winter storm travel waivers for tomorrow, Wednesday November 26. You can blame Winter Storm Cato on the Northeast for any travel interruptions, but the Midwest is due to experience snow and high winds as well.
Get ahead of the weather by taking advantage of these proactive waivers to alter your plans:
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The Weather Channel's headline of "Wind, Snow, East Coast Storm May Frustrate Fliers and Drivers" isn't what travelers want to read before heading out for a stressful holiday trip. And yet that's exactly what much of the United States will do this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.
To prevent entering the five emotional stages of a flight delay, and keep your cool so you reach your destination as close to on-time as possible, take our tried and true airport survival tips to heart:
You are a little braver—and maybe daring—than we are, as for the most part we will be staying put during the madness that is the Thanksgiving travel week. However, if you’re planning to be on the move this week there’s a few travel tech goodies that might just help the journey go that much more smoothly—or at least a little better.
The folks over at Verizon are getting into the holiday season, and by doing so they are giving away some stuff. It’s all part of a new holiday that they have basically made up, as apparently now the day before Thanksgiving will be known as Connection Day.
So we’re roughly a week away from Thanksgiving, and it’s pretty much crunch time if you’re looking to squeeze in one last seasonal happening before the big day. Sure there are festivals and parades, but for the most part Turkey Day is all about friends, family, and food—oh and shopping too.
The food is the main attraction at one farm along the shoreline in Connecticut, as they have been raising turkeys for years and years. What sets Gozzi’s Turkey Farm apart from the competition is that there’s some fun to be had before Thanksgiving as well, as they do something a little bit different with their feathered friends—they show them off in neon shades of green, yellow, and pink.
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If you prefer Pilgrims to potatoes when it comes to your Thanksgiving celebrations, then make your way over to Plymouth, Massachusetts the weekend before the big day. We guess that in some ways this is where it all started, so it only seems right that the town goes all in for Turkey day festivities and fun.
Things take place on November 21 through November 23, as the weekend festivities kick off on Friday with a walk along the waterfront. Here tour guides—who may or may not being doing their best to do the Pilgrim thing—tell stories of how things went down around 350 years ago. That evening there’s a little bit of a street festival, a free concert, and they light up the downtown area.
It's apparently time for the annual deluge of articles explaining why you should kill yourself instead of traveling through an airport this Thanksgiving. We faithfully catalog these things every year in our Thanksgiving travel category, alongside holiday travel ideas for people who will not be passing through airports (and thus are not better off lighting themselves on fire). Let's get started, shall we?
Published a few hours ago by the Associated Press: "Get Ready for Crowded Airports This Thanksgiving." The article runs down numbers from a just-published study by the trade group Airlines for America.
24.6 million people are going to try to make their way through airports in the week and a half around Thanksgiving. That's one and a half percent more than last year. Analysts predict that 2.6 million of those people will try to board U.S. airlines just on the Sunday immediately after Thanksgiving.
Cathay Pacific's new economy seats, which will likely figure in flight deals on Cyber Monday
Although the popular thing this week is to wish "Happy Thanksgiving," we're more interested in giving thanks for all the upcoming trip discounts about to make travelers very happy. It's never a good idea to join the Thanksgiving sales scrum, but some deals are too good to pass up. Thus, we've compiled a healthy list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday airfare and package deals for all you bargain hunters.
While most of the deals kick off at either midnight EST on either November 29 or December 2, many keep the deal rolling for a few days, so long as you travel by a certain date in 2014.
Have a look at what's up for grabs:
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If you’re already on your way to visit the family for Thanksgiving we understand if you forgot to bring a pie or some dessert. Unfortunately, your Great Aunt Mildred won’t understand, so you might as well pick something up at the airport. We can’t guarantee that you’ll find the world’s best pumpkin pie, but at least there’s a few options at the airport.
For those connecting through–or heading to—Minneapolis-St. Paul there’s a solid option within Terminal 1, as French Meadow Bakery Café calls Concourse F home in its location near Gate 3. They’ve got cookies, pastries, and other organic bakery goodies, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they had something special just for the Thanksgiving. If you’re only looking for yourself it appears that they’re cooking up a warm seasonal fruit crisp, so go for that if you’re looking to sneak in an early dessert before Thursday.
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While winter storm "Boreas" bears down on the east coast of the United States, travelers around the world are beginning to be touched by the flight delays and cancellations. Hundreds of flights already met the chopping block today, and with the worst of both the storm and the highest travel season of the year yet to come, you can expect it'll be a rough one for the airlines and airports clear through until next week.
Fortunately, several airlines have dropped ticket change fees to allow flyers with flexibility to attempt to fly later, on less hectic and less stormy days. Granted that may mean missing Thanksgiving at home, but if the alternative is an airport Sbarro's, then you know what to do.
American Airlines: Airports affected include New York-LGA, New York-JFK, Newark, Philadelphia, White Plains, Boston, Hartford, Washington DC-IAD, Washington DC-DCA, and Baltimore. Fee-free changes are so far only permitted if your original travel date falls on November 27.