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Airlines prepare for record-breaking holiday travel season

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Airlines are preparing for a record 51-million passengers for the holiday season, a 3.5-percent increase from 2016. (CNN) Airlines are preparing for a record 51-million passengers for the holiday season, a 3.5-percent increase from 2016. (CNN)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Travelers headed to the airport will have a lot of company if planning to fly to celebrate Christmas or the new year.

Airlines are preparing for a record 51-million passengers for the holiday season, a 3.5-percent increase from 2016.

Planes are projected to be full over the winter holiday period.

At Kansas City International Airport, the busiest travel days are expected to be Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday.

Airport officials want to help passengers and make things go smoothly. They urge passengers to arrive 90 minutes before their flight, to keep liquids inside carry-on bags to only 3.4-ounces and to leaving behind any prohibited items. 

According to Regional Transportation Security Agency spokesperson Mark Howell, anyone with questions about what can be brought onto a plane, answers can be found on the TSA’s “Ask TSA” Facebook or Twitter pages.

“You can send us a message or send us a photo of the item in question and they’ll respond back to you within a half hour of business hours whether it’s allowed in your carry-on or if it has to go in your checked bag, or if it’s not allowed at all,” Howell said.

For those planning to transport gift during the holiday season, officials say wrapped packages are allowed in both carry-on luggage and checked bags. Officials do warn though that if an item is flagged during the screening process, they will have to unwrap it.

To avoid that, the TSA recommends passengers wrap gifts after their flight, shipping them ahead of time or wrapping gift in gift bags or easy-to-open boxes.

"We don’t want to ruin your beautiful wrapping job. But, if we have to inspect the item, we’ll have to open it up to take a look at it,” Howell said.

Speaking of gifts, anew  TSA Tech report shows that many smart bags could soon be banned on most United States flights because they contain lithium battery packs. This is luggage that has USB ports to charge phones, and GPS to locate bags. 

Experts say, people who get a smart bag for Christmas and plan to travel home, should check to see if it can be brought aboard. 

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