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Passengers Wait In Long Airport Lines After Holiday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lines were long at Nashville International Airport as holiday travelers tried to get out of town after the Thanksgiving weekend. With the travel season picking up, airport officials have provided tips for making your trip easier.

It was back to work for many jet-setting travelers Monday morning. Passengers experienced unusually long check-in and security lines. The lines weaved around security, through the lobby and nearly out the door of the airport.

Officials said Sunday was the busiest Thanksgiving travel day, but Monday seemed to be a close second.

"I haven't seen it this crowded in a long time," said Jerry Green, who was heading back to Seattle after visiting family in Music City.

Green went to the airport early, expecting long delays. He said planning for him went a long way.

"Just come early, do what you need to do. Drop off your rental car, relax and watch everyone else struggle to get through the airport," he said.

With less than a month to go before Christmas travel, airport officials said travelers could reduce their wait time by being prepared. They have provided a list of tips for their busiest days of the year:

  • Pack smart. Look up the security rules from the TSA before you pack for information on liquid rules, acceptable forms of identification and prohibited items.

  • Check flight status before heading to the airport.

  • Arrive early. Passengers are always advised to arrive to the airport at least two hours before their departure time. During the holiday season, you should plan to arrive even earlier.

  • Check your boarding pass before getting in line for the security check point. You may have been selected to participate in TSA Pre✓.

  • Use your mobile device. Several airlines provide mobile boarding passes and for check-in. Having the boarding pass already available
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