SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 12, 2005–Prudent
travelers know that holiday crowds and winter weather call for flyers
to arrive at the airport earlier than usual this time of year.
Millions of travelers during Thanksgiving found that despite leaving
the house early, the waits at most airport security lines were less
than 15 minutes, which meant a lot of time to spend at the airport.
Travelocity editors scouted top airports throughout the country and
discovered ways to pass the extra time between flights this holiday
Travelocity data shows that the busiest airports for the winter
holidays are: Denver, Southern Florida (Miami International, Miami
Seaplane, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach airports), New York City
(John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports), Orlando, and Los
“Big crowds are expected at airports this winter season,
especially with the holidays falling on the weekends,” said Amy Ziff,
Travelocity Editor-at-Large. “While the majority of airports have kept
security lines moving smoothly, in some instances we saw lines spike
to more than 90 minute waits during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“You have to plan for the worst and hope for the best when it
comes to traveling during the holidays,” Ziff added. “Now, if you find
yourself with time on your hands we have plenty of suggestions for how
you can fill it.”
For a truly culture-rich vacation experience, travelers need to go
no further than Jeppesen Terminal’s Great Hall. Worldly performers
entertain crowds during the International Performance Series with
music and dance from South America, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Israel and
Eastern Europe throughout the holiday season. Travelers can also take
time to explore DIA’s art collection, which includes various
sculptures, murals and installations located throughout the airport.
Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International
To make that sweet taste of Southern Florida last a little longer,
stop by Tropical Treats in Terminals 2 or 3 to order some of the
Sunshine State’s celebrated citrus fruit. Straight from the grove to
your doorstep, send a basket of oranges and grapefruit for a treat to
yourself, or as holiday gift.
Designed to meet the “mind-body needs of time-poor and world-weary
travelers,” d-parture spa in Newark’s Terminal C indulges in
tranquility in an otherwise bustling airport. Put your mind and body
at ease before the long-haul with a foot rub or ten-minute massage.
Even spruce up afterwards with a skin replenishing treatment or
For those who missed the chance to go to NASA’s launch pad while
visiting Orlando – or for those who just can’t get enough – the
Kennedy Space Center Shop in the Main Terminal’s East Hall has
trinkets that are literally out of this world. Looking for some
noteworthy collectibles? Check out the space shuttle replicas or a
commemorative coin collection. If you’re not really in the shopping
mood, grab some space ice cream and take a photo with the life-size
astronaut at the door.
Los Angeles International
Straight from Europe to LAX, Brioche Doree made Terminal 4 its
first stop in the U.S., bringing French flair and European influenced
meals to please the most persnickety of palates. With European-style
sandwiches, rich espresso and freshly baked pastries, travelers may
begin to think they’re at a Parisian sidewalk cafe instead of the
airport. Bon Appetit!
To read about additional finds in airports across North America,
please visit www.travelocity.com/airports.
Below are some of Ziff’s top tips for helping savvy travelers
prepare for the Transportation Security Administration’s updated
-- Consider shipping all gifts to your destination ahead of your travels. Remember, wrapped gifts may be opened for screening purposes, and extra fees will apply if your allotted baggage limit is exceeded. -- Be mindful of the TSA's IN, OUT, OFF security policy: place items such as cell phones, keys and change IN your carry-on bag; take your laptop and video cameras OUT of their cases; take OFF all outerwear (coats and jackets) before entering the security checkpoint. -- For the sake of all passengers behind you in the security line, wear shoes that are easily removable to speed up the screening process and avoid wearing accessories that contain metal. -- Familiarize yourself with your airline's policies when traveling with pets. Be aware that both you and your pet must have a ticket to board, and most airlines will not allow pets if it's colder than 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
For more airport security tips, visit Travelocity’s Holiday Travel
Survival Guide at www.travelocity.com/holidaytips.
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