National weather causing holiday travel delays at Sky Harbor

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Weather across country causes delays at Sky Harbor

PHOENIX - Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is preparing for a busy travel week.

From Sky Harbor, the Christmas rush will begin Friday December 19 and continue through Monday, January 5. While annual traffic is down 5% at Sky Harbor compared to last year, the airport continues to serve over 100,000 passengers per day. Traffic will be steady throughout the holidays with 130-140,000 on busier days such as Friday, December 26.

New this year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) added Family Lanes to security checkpoints at Sky Harbor. These designated security screening lanes are for those who need a little extra time, or who have medically necessary liquids in excess of three ounces.

The TSA also advises a few new changes during the holiday season.

Game consoles like Play Stations and Wiis must undergo the same screening procedures as computer laptops. Large electronics must be put through the x-ray machine.

Check food items such as jams or jellies unless they adhere to the 3-1-1 rule.

They also remind passengers not to bring wrapped presents through security lines. Instead, pack them in your checked luggage.

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Sky Harbor is offering these additional travel tips:

Check flight status before coming to the Airport, then arrive two hours early;

If you plan to park at the Airport, call the 24/7 parking hotline at 602-273-4545;

Pack larger quantities of liquids and gels in checked luggage;

Leave gifts unwrapped. Bring your paper and wrap at your destination;

Bring a snack for the plane. Drinks purchased past security may be brought onto the aircraft; Remember to check with your airline about baggage fees;

Use the free, cell phone lots when waiting for arriving passengers;

Starting Dec. 29, take the free shuttle between METRO light rail and the airport.

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