A spokesperson for Will Rogers World Airport says to expect packed planes for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The busiest travel days are projected to be the Sunday and Monday after the holiday, followed by Friday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 23, the day before Thanksgiving.
"We do anticipate that the flights out of [Will Rogers World Airport] will be full," said airport spokesperson Karen Carney. "We also anticipate more people traveling on non-traditional days such as the Tuesday before and the Tuesday after Thanksgiving."
Carney suggests travelers educate themselves before heading to the airport so they can have a stress-free experience. She says security lines at the airport tend to move quickly, but wait times will likely increase because there will be more flyers hauling more carry-on luggage, coats, jackets and holiday gifts.
"I think the biggest mistake people make when flying is not paying close enough attention to the items they are bringing through the checkpoint," said Kim Wagner, TSA Customer Service Coordinator for Oklahoma City. "We constantly find prohibited items like scissors or knives. It slows the entire screening process, not just for the traveler with the item, but for everyone in line behind them."
The airport offers these tips to get you through the security checkpoint quicker:
Carney also warns to be ready for weather that can delay travel. Passengers should check the weather forecast in their destination city as well as connecting cities. If winter storms may affect your travel, contact the airline before leaving for the airport. Carney says planning ahead for bad weather could also make your trip more tolerable: