Can holiday travel be merry and bright?
The folks who run Kelowna International Airport think so. Between Dec. 15 and Jan. 6 is traditionally the busiest time of the year at YLW.
So the airport has issued a number of tips to help travellers be prepared for the Christmas and New Year’s rush.
Before you leave home, remember to:
Make sure you have all of your documentation required to travel. Requirements can vary depending on whether you are travelling domestically or internationally so you might want to check with your airline. Be sure to have government issued photo identification for all flights.
Note that all passengers, including Canadian and U.S. citizens, are required to present a valid passport when travelling by air between Canada and the United States.
Airlines may be strictly enforcing baggage limitations.
Check with your airline to confirm your flight and verify that your luggage is within the size and weight restrictions for both carry-on and checked baggage. Baggage fees may be applicable and collected upon check-in.
Give yourself some extra time to park, check your baggage and clear security screening.
If you are bringing your own vehicle please be reminded that the Kelowna International Airport does not accept parking reservations. However, valet services are available.
Consider getting a family member or friend to drop you off at the airport or use a shuttle or cab options.
Travellers are reminded to keep in mind security measures when preparing to travel. For the most current regulations regarding carry-on and checked baggage, visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).
The following are some suggestions to help you move through pre-board security screening:
1. Pack you own bags and try to travel light. Use CATSA’s Pack Smart on-line tool to help you with your packing questions
2. If you are travelling with gifts, it is recommended that they be unwrapped. If you are taking a wrapped item, it is best to place it in your checked baggage.
3. Make sure you travel with government issued photo identification.
4. Remember to put identification tags inside baggage as well as outside in case your tag comes off.
5. Laptops, cell phones, and other electronics should have identification on them.
6. Liquids, gels, and aerosols are permitted through pre-board security screening at Canadian airports provided that the items are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less, and that the containers fit comfortably in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre (1 quart).
One bag per passenger is permitted. Anything larger than that should be packed in your checked baggage as there is no size or bag restrictions for liquids and gels packed in checked baggage.
7. Travellers bringing electronic equipment as carry-on baggage should be prepared to declare them and demonstrate that they are in working order.