Lambert St. Louis International Airport is expecting eight percent more fliers this Thanksgiving travel season than last year. Wednesday was expected to be one of the busiest days, with at least 22,000 people flying out from there.
That morning, passengers shared their travel tips with Five On Your Side to help others get where they need to go.
"Probably know what you're going to check and what you're going to carry on and make sure everything is weighted right," said Kristen Flood, who was on her way to Orlando.
"I always try to check a bag during the holidays," passenger Zach Stillman said while on his way to catch a Honolulu-bound flight. "That way, I'm not fighting for overhead space."
The big message from Lambert and TSA? Be at the airport at least two hours before your plane takes off.
"Arriving early and shoes with no high heels," said Debbie Robinson, who was flying to Boston to spend Thanksgiving with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
After Thanksgiving, it might be tempting to bring back leftovers. However, there are dos and don’ts about what's allowed on the plane. Turkey is allowed on your carry-on, but pack it in solid dry ice.
Whole fruits and vegetables, pies, and bread are also allowed. Liquids like gravy need to be in your checked bag unless they're 3.4 ounces (100 mL) or less.
If you're picking up anyone from the airport, park in either of the two cell phone lots while you wait. That way, there will be more room for traffic to flow. T1 Cell Phone Lot is located at 10985 Lambert International Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63044. T2 Cell Phone Lot is at 9837 Air Cargo Road, St. Louis, MO 63134.