Airlines offer summer travel tips

Representatives from Will Rogers World Airport, FareCompare.com and Tulsa International Airport offer advice for summer vacationers.
BY HILLARY MCLAIN hmclain@opubco.com Published: June 20, 2013
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Summer travel plans are up 17 percent over last year, according to an American Express tracker. More than two thirds of people reported intent to travel in the next three months. More travel may mean more congestion for flights; so many airline businesses are offering tips for summer leisure tourists.

Will Rogers World Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney, FareCompare.com spokeswoman Alexandria Williams and the Tulsa International Airport all offered summer travel tips.

Before boarding

Allow enough time to get through the ticket counter and security checkpoint. Go through the security checkpoint immediately after checking in.

Thunderstorms or hurricanes can impact travel. Carry airline or travel agent information for faster rebooking in case of a cancellation.

Some confusion has followed TSA's recent decisions regarding knives. Pocket knives are not allowed on board.

Have government-issued photo ID or passport and boarding pass ready at security checkpoint to expedite the process. Place keys, loose change, cellphone and similar items in carry-on before the checkpoint.

Baggage

Some airlines cut off checked baggage up to 30 minutes before departure; many people get caught by surprise and can't get their bag checked.

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