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Friday is Edmonton International Airport’s busiest travel day of the year

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Airport travel tips ahead of the holiday season
Dec. 3: The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority and the Halifax International Airport Authority give travelers some recommendations ahead of a busy holiday season – Dec 3, 2019

Friday, Dec. 20 is forecast to be the busiest day of the year at Edmonton International Airport (EIA).

The number of travellers in the airport is expected to be 20 per cent higher than usual, with up to 25,000 people flying and 50,000 or more dropping them off or greeting them.

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In order to ensure a smooth trip, airport officials urge passengers to pack liquids in checked baggage, leave presents unwrapped, be ready to remove winter clothes like jackets and hats, and give yourself extra time.

Officials also suggest using the CATSA app to keep tabs on the security line wait times in real time and find out what you can and cannot pack.

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In 2018, EIA saw a total of 8.2 million passengers. That was up from 7.8 million in 2017.

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EIA is Canada’s fifth busiest airport by passenger traffic.

It is the fastest-growing major airport in Canada over the last 10 years.

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Other holiday travel tips

Liquid lessons: All liquids, aerosols, gels, beverages and sauces in carry-on luggage must be in containers of 100 ml or less and, in total, fit in a clear one-litre bag. Any large bottles of liquids — including alcohol — must be packed in checked luggage.

Secret spice: Certain inorganic powders are limited to a total combined quantity of 350 ml in carry-on baggage. That’s roughly the size of a pop can.

Winter garb: Remember bulky jackets and boots have to be removed at security but sweaters do not.

Wrapping trapping: If you’re travelling with presents, don’t wrap them. If security needs to check your gifts, you’ll have to unwrap them.

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