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11/20/07-East Texas

Tips For Easy Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means many of you, like millions of others, will be hitting the roads or flying this holiday season. But before you leave home for that crowded airport, there are some things you need to keep in mind. There are simple steps you can take to save time and survive the hassle that comes with holiday travel.

From fog in Los Angeles to a communications problem at the DFW airport, this year is already gearing up to be the worst in travel delays on record.

"It's been a nightmare," says one traveler.

Another says, "we're going to need a lot of patience today, that's for sure."

Patience being the key, as an estimated 28 million people are taking to the skies in the days surrounding Thanksgiving.

"What we have is a recipe for frustration every time we get to a high traffic period...any disruption whatsoever, no matter how benign, is going to cause scheduling problems that cross the entirety of the nation," says ABC News Aviation Consultant John Nance.

So is there anything you can do to help? The Transportation Security Administration says "Yes." A new video on its website called "Simpli-fly" has tips on how to breeze through security checkpoints.

That means packing as neatly and organized as you can so security can get easily get through your luggage. The TSA says "Think Layers." The first layer should be your shoes, followed by a layer of clothes, then your electronics, followed by another layer of clothes and lastly your toiletries should be packed.

Other tips include: arrive early and expect delays; have your boarding pass and ID ready; don't wear bulky coats or sweaters; wear easy-to-slip-off shoes; and be sure to take your electronics out of their bag and into a separate bin.  

"Think the whole travel experience through, call in advance, arrive here, simplify the bag," says TSA Administrator George Naccara.

And don't forget the 3-1-1 rule for all liquids, aerosols, and gels. Only three-ounce bottles in one quart sized bag are allowed for each passenger.

If you're traveling by car, AAA estimates nearly 39 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving despite gas prices 80 cents higher than last year's average.

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