As the summer traveling season hits full stride, the Transportation Security Administration is reminding passengers what they can and can't bring aboard planes at Sacramento International or any airport. That jigsaw? No. That gun? Absolutely not. Molly Sullivan The Sacramento Bee
As the summer traveling season hits full stride, the Transportation Security Administration is reminding passengers what they can and can't bring aboard planes at Sacramento International or any airport. That jigsaw? No. That gun? Absolutely not. Molly Sullivan The Sacramento Bee

Transportation

Flying out of Sacramento this Thanksgiving? Here’s what you need to know

By Benjy Egel

begel@sacbee.com

November 17, 2017 08:06 AM

UPDATED November 17, 2017 01:13 PM

Sacramento International Airport officials are advising travelers to arrive at least two hours before pre-Thanksgiving flights after a hectic month leading up to one of the year’s busiest transportation days.

November passenger traffic at airport has increased12 percent over last year, which is likely to exacerbate typical Thanksgiving traffic, airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said in a news release. The turkey day rush begins Friday and peaks Wednesday, followed by a wave of people returning from their trips Nov. 25-26.

Passengers can relieve stress by petting Boarding Area Relaxation Corp. (BARC) therapy dogs, which will be available throughout Terminal A and B during Thanksgiving week. Local musicians will also serenade fliers as they arrive in both terminals’ baggage claims during the middle of the day Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day.

Both the Economy Lot ($10/day) and Daily Lot ($12/day) are projected to be filled by Thanksgiving, though the parking garage ($18/day) may have some openings. A real-time map on the airport’s website updates the number of available parking spots per lot every five minutes.

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Curbside drop-off and pickup is available at both terminals, and airport officials recommend drivers use the free waiting area, commonly known as the cell phone lot, at Crossfield and Lindbergh drives in anticipation of their passengers’ flights landing.

Therapy dogs ease stress for airport travelers

Therapy dogs with the Boarding Area Relaxation Corps. (B.A.R.C), provide stress relief for passengers at the Sacramento International Airport. The new program features about 20 dogs and their handlers who walk the halls of the airport offering travelers the opportunity to interact with a friendly animal. Music: "Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Autumn Payne apayne@sacbee.com

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel