Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here's how to prepare for the expected throng
Here's what you need to know
November 24, 2021
More than 53 million Americans are expected to travel this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, and experts are predicting significant crowds on the roads and at airports nationwide, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Here's how to prepare for the expected throng.
If you're flying - and some 4.2 million people will be, across the United States - arrive at least two hours ahead of a domestic flight, and three hours before boarding an international flight. Seriously.
The busiest days at the airport are expected to be Wednesday and Sunday, bookending Thanksgiving. The busiest times of day are 5 to 7 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).Remember to factor in the time it takes to park and to stand in line at the baggage checks and TSA checkpoints before you leave for the airport. You can check here to see current wait times and parking availability at MSP, or download the TSA app to check and post on wait times at airports nationwide. Try prebooking parking at Terminal 1. Check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport - airline service has been fraught with cancellations and rescheduled itineraries in recent months. Make sure your identification is current.