So you’re planning to fly somewhere over Labor Day weekend? The good news is that getting through the airport won’t be as much of a headache as it can be (and usually is) around Thanksgiving or Christmas. The bad news is that the airport is still going to be busier than normal, and planes are still going to be full. Which all adds up to one thing – it’s a very good idea to be prepared to handle a busy airport, even if said airport doesn’t materialize.
Because the worst case scenario then is that you’re over-prepared and have a little more time to kill at the airport. Which is a helluva lot better than being under-prepared and missing your flight.
Most of these tips are going to be applicable whether you’re traveling on a busy holiday weekend like over Labor Day weekend or whether you’re traveling at a quieter time of year. It is, for instance, never a good idea to get to the airport just at the last minute. But because flying over Labor Day weekend doesn’t tend to be as crazy-busy as flying around some other holidays, you might have a little more wiggle room when it comes to time.
Now, don’t take that as my blessing to arrive at the airport 20 minutes before your flight is supposed to leave and then get irritated with me because I said you didn’t have to be as strict with your time. Be realistic, people. If you don’t mind missing your flight, that’s one thing. But if you actually want to get on the plane and go somewhere, then always give yourself plenty of time at the airport – no matter what time of year it is.
Assuming you’re doing the smart thing and getting to the airport early, here are our tips for making your passage through the airport over Labor Day weekend as hassle-free as possible.
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