Winter Holiday Travel Tips

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Winter Holiday Travel Tips from

Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Fresno, CA (December 20, 2018) Airports across the country, including Fresno Yosemite International Airport, are anticipating increased passenger activity during the 2018 winter holiday travel period.  Airline trade organization Airlines for America projects passenger volumes on U.S. airlines will exceed 2017 winter holiday travel by 5.2 percent during the 18-day travel period beginning Thursday, December 20 through Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Passengers are strongly encouraged to arrive at the airport up to three hours prior to international flights and up to two hours prior to domestic flights.  TSA Pre✓® for expedited security screening is available at Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

In preparation for the busy travel period, Fresno Yosemite International Airport offers travelers these helpful tips to simplify the travel process including flying with gifts and/or holiday food favorites.

  • Hold off wrapping gifts until you reach your destination. Certain holiday gifts, including larger electronics, may require additional inspection or place items into a gift bag to facilitate any additional screening that may be required.
  • Turkeys and hams can fly in carry-on. Wrap the food items well and use plastic bags within your bag. Pastries, pies, stuffing and more can also fly. TSA’s tip for determining what food items go in carry-on and what goes in checked baggage – if you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pump it, pour it or if it’s 3 ounces or more, it’s technically a liquid and should be packed in checked baggage.
  • Consider peak early morning departures at Fresno Yosemite International Airport may extend security screening wait times.
  • Remember airline ticket counters close for passenger check-in as early as 45 minutes prior to domestic flight departures and 60 minutes prior to international flight departures.
  • Check with your airline on flight status prior to leaving for the airport.  Convenient flight status links are available on most airline websites and mobile apps or passengers may telephone the airline for flight status information.
  • Review your airline’s website for travel policies, baggage limitations and fees, customer service plans and automated flight alert notifications to cell phones or mobile devices.
  • Travel with a current government-issued ID and have your boarding pass out and ready.
  • Reduce the amount of congestion in carry-on baggage to enable your bag to move through screening faster.
  • Familiarize yourself with the TSA list related to permitted and prohibited items at or tweet your questions about items to @AskTSA.
  • Remember the 3-1-1 rule for traveling with liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on baggage:
    • 3-ounce bottles or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols;
    • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic zip-top bag; and
    • 1 bag per passenger placed separately in a security bin for X-ray screening.
  • Remove liquids and electronic devices from your carry-on baggage for security screening. Place them in a bin with nothing above or underneath them.
  • Remember the white curb in front of the terminal is for passenger drop-off and pick-up only.  A free Cell Phone Waiting Area is available for motorists waiting for arriving passengers. The area is located slightly past the airport entrance on the right side of the roadway just before the curve and is marked with blue signage. For airport parking information and rates, contact Standard Parking at 559-252-0052.
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations are located in the short-term and long-term public parking lots.
  • Lyft rideshare curbside pick-up is located between the front of the terminal and baggage claim.
  • A private Mothers Room is centrally located post-security screening along the passageway to the airline boarding gates.
  • The Service Animal Relief Area is centrally located post-security screening.  Please check with your airline representative for assistance with accessing the area.

Remain vigilant.  If You See Something, Say Something. Please report all suspicious activities or items to airport security personnel.

 Safety and security are top priorities for all airport personnel. Passengers can help ensure a smooth security process by following the TSA’s security procedures available at or by reaching out to the AskTSA team via Twitter at @AskTSA.

Note: Fresno Yosemite International Airport lobby photo attached.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport System – Fresno Yosemite International Airport currently offers Valley passengers daily non-stop flights to Chicago (Seasonal – Resumes March 2019) Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Guadalajara and Morelia, Mexico on domestic and international carriers.  Fresno Yosemite International Airport is a municipally owned entity operating as a self-supporting enterprise. There are no City of Fresno general funds used to operate Fresno Yosemite International Airport or Fresno Chandler Executive Airport.

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