Digital News Report- If you plan on escaping from the bay area for the holiday season, be aware of travel delays affecting our local airports. Weather and passenger volume are major contributing factors for airport delays in the bay area and across the country.
And more importantly, follow TSA guidelines to help relieve delays and get through airport security smoothly. By following TSA guidelines we’ll all help ease the process of security screening during the biggest travel season of the year.
- DO NOT wrap gifts. They may need to be unwrapped for inspection. If you are traveling close to the holidays and may not have time to wrap gifts upon arrival, consider bringing gift bags for quick assembly.
- Be sure to put any liquids in your checked baggage unless it fits in a 3-ounce bottle. You may carry a one-quart clear zip-lock with your 3-ounce bottles inside.
- You may bring pies and cookies with you, but expect extra screening. Jams and jellies are considered liquids and should be CAREFULLY packed in your checked baggage.
San Jose International (SJC) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) have had consistent travel delays of 15 minutes or more. For domestic flights it is always recommended to arrive two hours ahead of your flight. International flights have a three-hour recommendation. During the holiday season it is recommended to give yourself an additional half an hour to an hour, depending on the delays at your airport. Check the FAA website for information.
You can also check for security check point delays at the FAA website.
Regardless of your destination, your flight may be delayed due to snow at its previous location. It is always best to check your airlines website before departure to determine if your specific flight has delays.