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FOX 26 guide to Thanksgiving holiday travel

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

If you are among the near 50 percent of Texans hitting the road or flying the skies during the Thanksgiving holiday, listen up.

To help make air travel go a little more smoothly for you and your family, the airport's website has a running calculation of how long you will be standing in line.

So far, the system has been very well received, said Jim Bream, assistant director for technology and infrastructure at Hobby, IAH and Ellington.

"It captures the blue tooth from your phone and then time stamps through the check point and then calculates that time then puts it up on Fly2Houston.com.  It will refresh every 15 minutes," said Bream.

Related Link: http://www.fly2houston.com/

The system is anonymous.  They cannot tell whose phone it is.  Meanwhile, a new app allows you to ask any question about the security process.  It is especially helpful for travelers who seldom fly, said Susan Clark, the federal security director with Houston/Hobby.

"Can I take my liquids?  Can I take my pumpkin pie?  What about cranberry sauce?  It's a good way to update yourself.  Even if you travel, you might have a question because you travel with a package.  It's a good time to check and see before you travel," said Clark.

More good news for the holiday traveler: more space to park.

"We have almost 500 more parking spaces here at Hobby.  Over Bush, we've got valet parking, courtesy shuttles (at both of the airports), said Darian Ward, public information officer with the Houston Airport Systems.

If you're one of the millions of Texans who will be taking to the road this holiday season, make sure you keep some of these safety tips in mind from the Texas Department of Transportation:

-- Get plenty of rest.  Don't drive sleepy and designate a back-up driver if you need to pull over and switch.
-- Know your route before you leave to help eliminate distractions from navigation devices.
-- Designate a rider to operate your cell phone for you or just put it away.
-- Make sure every rider is buckled up.
-- Designate a driver if you'll be drinking.

Also, there is on-going road construction on the North Belt at Aldine Westfield.  If you're picking up family over at Bush Intercontinental Airport, be sure to budget extra time in case traffic bunches up in the area.

ONLINE:

http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/traveling-food-or-gifts


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