RDU Airport, NC – Today marks the start of the Thanksgiving holiday travel period at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. An estimated 280,000 passengers are expected to travel through RDU beginning today through Monday, Nov. 29, an increase of approximately 3 percent over last year.
The busiest travel days for the Thanksgiving holiday will be Tuesday, Nov. 23, Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 29. Peak travel times occur during the early morning from 5 to 8 a.m. and early evening from 3 to 7 p.m.
Information on TSA Security Screening Procedures
The Transportation Security Administration oversees the security screening process at airports across the country. The TSA website features useful information and tips for holiday travelers, including information on:
Tips for navigating the security checkpoint
Advanced imaging technology (Full body scanners)
Liquids and gels in carry-on luggage
Additional information can also be found on the TSA’s blog.
Follow RDU on Twitter
RDU is on Twitter at twitter.com/rduairport. During the holiday season, RDU will post frequent information about impacts of weather on flights, holiday events and activities and travel tips.
The Airport Authority has contracted with local service providers to assist passengers with the transportation of their luggage from the passenger drop off and commercial curbs to the ticketing lobby of Terminal 1.
When arriving at the Terminal 1 curb, look for individuals with reflective vests clearly marked for the free luggage assistance service. The service will be available during peak travel hours throughout the holiday season.
Top Travel Tips
Check flight status before leaving for the airport.
Weather here and in other parts of the country can impact flights. RDU recommends that travelers check their flight status by calling their airline’s customer service number or visiting the airline’s website.
Place all valuables in your carry-on luggage.
Carry medicine, cash, jewelry, electronic devices and other important and valuable items with you onto the plane.
RDU recommends arriving at the airport two hours before your flight departs.
Limit liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage.
Remember these numbers: 3-1-1. Only liquids and gels in 3-ounce or smaller containers are permitted in carry-on luggage. All 3-ounce containers must fit in one clear, sealed plastic bag that is no larger than one quart. Place the bag in the gray bin at the checkpoint for inspection.
Limit carry-on items.
Each traveler is permitted to take one bag and one personal item, such as a purse or briefcase, through the security checkpoint.
Print out your boarding pass from your airline’s website.
Most airlines allow passengers to print their boarding pass before coming to the airport.
Leave gifts unwrapped.
They may need to be unwrapped during the security screening process.
Follow electronic signs to available parking.
Electronic signs located at the airport will guide you to parking areas with available spaces.
Be prepared for security checkpoint.
Before proceeding through the checkpoint remove coats, jackets, blazers and shoes. All metal objects, including cell phones and pagers, should be placed in carry-on luggage or in the containers provided at the checkpoint. More information can be found on the TSA’s website.
Keep boarding passes and photo IDs out and visible.
Your boarding pass and ID will be needed throughout the security screening process.
Use ExitExpress to pay for parking.
If parking in the garage, remember to keep your parking ticket with you. Pay for parking at an ExitExpress pay station before returning to your car.
Tips for Families
Allow extra time for the security screening process when traveling with small children.
Remove babies and children from their infant carriers and strollers before proceeding through the metal detector.
Place all child-related luggage and equipment on the x-ray machine.
Make arrangements for children traveling alone. Only ticketed passengers are permitted past security checkpoint; however, arrangements may be made for non-travelers to accompany children. Contact your airline to make arrangements.