Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Flight
Nov 6, 2023
Katie Robinson, Marketing Specialist, FWA

Just like mashed potatoes and gravy, holly and jolly, and Santa and his elves, the holiday season and travel go hand in hand. Whether you’re off to grandmother’s house with family or putting a tropical spin on your festivities, traveling during the holiday season can come with a lot of excitement, but also stress. However, with a little preparation and a lot of patience you’ll be flying through the air like Santa and his reindeer with ease. Here’s a list of tips for rookies and veteran flyers alike to help keep you sane during your holiday travels:

Save the Dashing for the Snow
Airports see a spike in traffic during the holiday season, which makes it imperative to know before you go! All of the airlines that service FWA, as well as the TSA, have their own apps for passengers to get the most up-to-date information about their travels, retrieve their boarding passes and find out all of the necessary security information. The airport also recommends that passengers arrive AT LEAST 90 minutes before their flight (two hours before if you are flying with Allegiant). It’s best to check online for possible flight delays before you even leave your home. Up-to-date FWA flight information can be found online at or through your specific airline. 

Think Before You Pack the Snacks
Traveling with your favorite homemade cookies or that special local wine your family loves? The good news is that you can travel with all of your favorite goodies. Be aware of TSA’s 3-1-1 rule for liquids and gels. Anything over the limit may go in a checked bag. Wanting to bring a little jolly juice to your gathering? Alcoholic beverages with less than 24% alcohol have no quantity limit in a checked bag. Food items that are solid may travel with you in your carry-on luggage, but when in doubt add it to your checked bag – the amount of DeBrand chocolate sauce that gets left behind makes us not so cheery.

For a full list of items you can and cannot take through security, visit

Leave the Wrapping to the Elves
It’s a great thought to show up to your destination with a pretty wrapped gift ready for your friend or family member, but wrapped gifts cannot go through the TSA checkpoint. Consider using gift bags or wait to show off your wrapping skills until you arrive at your destination. This will help keep the screening process moving and reduce the need for a TSA officer to potentially pull you aside. 

Holiday travel can be stressful, but the more you know the better you’ll survive any mishaps. Feel free to call the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority with any other questions you might have regarding your holiday travel plans. And of course, make sure to save some leftovers for the flight home.

Happy travels and happy holidays. Thank you for choosing FWA!  

IMG Insurance Management Group

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