Taking the hassle out of holiday travel

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Elizabeth Vowell – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – Over the interstate, and through security, to grandmother's house we go. Holiday season means busy months of traveling back and forth to visit families and friends.  While the destination may be worth the miles, the trip can be a headache.

"It's a very simple process.  It's just that everybody's always nervous, they're in a hurry, and they usually forget about things," says Gulfport- Biloxi International Airport Director Bruce Frallic.

With tougher security procedures, airports are getting more attention, and giving passengers more stress.  However, there are ways to avoid the TSA pat down and breeze through security to the gate.

Frallic says to remove all medal and paper from your pockets as both can alert the full body scanners. He also says to take off your shoes and jacket, and follow protocol about what to pack in your carry on.

"You have a limited amount of things you can take on board," said Frallic. "If you don't alarm the metal detector you're good to go. You don't even get a pat down. "

Frallic says you can find a full list of what is allowed onboard on the TSA website, along with the rules for liquids.

Road trips can also test a traveler's patience.  Heavy traffic is expected all holiday season, but the Mississippi Highway Patrol advises, safety first.

"We want to ask people, put their safe driving habits in place," said Cpl. Johnny Poulos of the Highway Patrol.

Another tip for cutting out traveling time is load up your luggage the night before you leave. That way you have one less thing to worry about when trying to get on the road.  Poulos also says to leave early to avoid the temptation to speed.

"When you don't give yourself enough time, speed becomes a factor.  It's human nature. You want to drive faster to reach your destination. But speed is a contributing factor to a lot of fatalities that occur to us," said Poulos.

Whether you are flying high or burning rubber to reach your final destination remembers:

Pack lightly, leave early, and stay safe.  With these tips, anybody can be a traveling pro and get to the important part of the trip: spending time with loved ones.

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