How to have a quick and safe trip this holiday season - WRBL

How to have a quick and safe trip this holiday season

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Richard Howell Richard Howell
Chief Jeff Meyer Chief Jeff Meyer

The Columbus Airport expects hundreds of people to fly out the day before Thanksgiving, which is the most popular day of the year to travel, according to AAA.

"Be prepared for larger crowds, because that's what you're going to see, especially if you travel on Wednesday," says Richard Howell, the Columbus Airport Director.

Howell says the weather may affect some flights, so check for any delays with your airline before you come to the airport.

"With the storm and it's possibility of moving through the area, it might get challenging in Atlanta making connections on time, so just be patient and understand that everybody wants to get you there safe," says Howell.

Howell also recommends arriving at the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight.

"If you want to get to grandma's house for thanksgiving you don't want to be late at the airport," says Howell.

While some may fly, the majority of folks will be driving to their holiday destination and if you're traveling by car, it's important to be prepared before you hit the road.

"Being prepared, in the event that something happens, protects not only you but also your family," says Columbus Fire Chief and EMA Director Jeff Meyer.

Meyer and AAA give some tips on holiday travel:


  • Leave early in the morning to avoid the holiday rush on the road
  • Program your GPS and know how it operates before you leave, so you're not distracted
  • Get your vehicle checked by getting a basic oil and filter change and make sure your tires are inflated 


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