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Posted on: November 25, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Eugene Airport Holiday Travel Tips

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Eugene Airport (EUG) is gearing up for the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week. About 14,000 (arriving and departing) passengers will be traveling through the airport between Tuesday through Sunday of this holiday week.

“Thanksgiving is one of our busiest travel times here at the Eugene Airport,” said Eugene Airport Director Tim Doll, AAE. “Our entire team here at EUG is ready for the influx of passengers.”

Sunday, November 30th is expected to be the busiest travel day with nearly 1600 departing passengers. November 25th and 26th will also be peak travel days. On an average day there are 1,280 passengers departing from the Eugene Airport.

Arriving at the airport early and being prepared for the check-in and screening process will help passengers have a better travel experience:

Before You Leave for the Airport

  • If traveling early morning on a peak travel day, plan on arriving TWO HOURS before your scheduled flight time. This should allow for plenty of time to navigate flight check-in, security lines and travel to your gate.
  • Check-in online. Passengers may check-in online 24 hours prior to their departure and print their boarding passes at home. Often ticket agents will move online check-in passengers to a different line if they still need to check bags.
  • Before you leave the house, check with your airline to confirm that your flight is on time or check the flight information webpage at http://www.flyEUG.com.

Once You Arrive at the Airport

  • If you have checked bags they must be tagged at the airline ticket counter at least 40 minutes before departure time.
  • Know your airline’s checked bag and carry-on bag policy, including fees to avoid surprises. Put medications and other required items in your carry-on bag.
  • Remember your boarding pass and valid government photo ID. These two items are required by TSA in order to pass through the security checkpoint.
  • Eugene Airport Information Desk, located in the terminal building, is frequently staffed by Navigator volunteers who can assist passengers with directions and information.

TSA Pre?®

  • Allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs to receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel.
  • Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
  • For more information on TSA Pre?® visit: http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/frequently-asked-questions.

TSA Screening

  • For passengers without TSA Pre?® screening still requires removing coats and shoes, taking all items out of pockets, and removing belts before going through the screening machines.
  • Remove laptops and other large electronics from your carry-on bag and place in a bin separately for screening.
  • Pies and cakes are allowed through the security checkpoint. Please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.
  • Items purchased after the security checkpoint have been pre-screened and can be taken on the plane.
  • The TSA website has the most up to date information on security screening requirements and banned items at http://www.tsa.gov/travelers.

Packing

  • The Transportation Security Administration restrictions on taking liquids and gels through security remain in place. Remember the 3-1-1 rule for these items:
    • 3.4-ounce or smaller containers of liquids, gels and aerosols placed in:
    • 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles.
    • 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin.
    • Larger quantities of breast milk/ baby formula and medically necessary liquids are permitted but must be presented to a TSA officer for further inspection.
    • For more information on security screening and smart packing tips, visit http://www.TSA.gov.
  • Leave holiday gifts unwrapped; TSA may open wrapped packages to check the contents.
  • Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces of liquid (approximately tennis ball size) can be packed in your carry-on bag ONLY if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit into your one quart-sized, re-sealable plastic bag, according to TSA regulations.

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