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Holiday travel tips

It is the busy holiday travel season at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Over the last few months, there have been several changes to the way we travel. To help you prepare for takeoff, we have compiled some helpful travel tips and updates to make your next flight more enjoyable.   

Getting to the Airport 

Arrive early! Passengers are encouraged to leave plenty of time to get to the airport, check-in for their flight, and clear security. Plan to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure time. To save time at the ticket counter, use your airline's website or mobile app to check-in for your flight. Keep in mind that some ticket counters close 45 minutes before departure.

Plan to park. For Thanksgiving holiday travel, Parking Garage A and B and Economy Lot B will be open at the posted daily rates. The garages are equipped with Park Assist technology to help you quickly find open spaces. Just look for a green light overhead to find an open space.

Picking up passengers at GSP?  If you have family or friends arriving for the holidays, check the flight status at gspairport.com. The flight may be on-time, delayed, or scheduled for an early arrival. While you wait for your loved one to arrive, take advantage of GSP’s Cell Phone Lot. The lot is free, easily accessible, and less than a one-minute drive to the terminal. If you plan to greet your loved ones inside the terminal, parking is available in Garage A at hourly rates. Click here for a map of our parking lots. 

Prepare for TSA Security Checkpoint 

 

The busy travel season may mean longer lines at the security checkpoint. Be sure to become familiar with the TSA screening process prior to your flight and follow these tips to help make the security screening more efficient.

Have your documents ready. New credential authentication technology (CAT) was installed earlier this month at the security checkpoint. With this touchless technology, travelers insert their ID into the CAT unit. The unit scans the ID and informs the TSA officer whether it is a valid ID and confirms that the passenger is confirmed on a flight that day. In most cases, passengers will not be required to present a boarding pass at the checkpoint. 

Follow the 3-1-1 rule. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes in carry-on luggage must be 3.4 ounces or less and all containers must fit in a single quart-size plastic bag. Due to COVID-19, TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. Passengers will be required to remove the larger container from their carry-on bag and place it in a bin for additional screening. 

Be prepared to remove personal items and electronics. Remove coats or jackets, belts, jewelry, and shoes and ensure your pockets are empty before screening. TSA requires all electronics larger than a cell phone to be removed from carry-on bags and placed in a bin. TSA PreCheck members are not required to remove coats, shoes, and belts.

Don’t leave anything behind! Check the bins and collect your personal items before leaving the screening area. Often, travelers leave behind laptops, wallets, ID, phones, and loose change. Be sure to collect all of your personal items. 

In the terminal

Grab a bite before the flight. If you have time before your flight, try GSP’s newest restaurant, Vino Volo MarketBar, for gourmet plates and flights of wine. Be sure to also try Flight Line GSP by RJ Rockers, GSP’s own craft beer available exclusively at the airport. For a quick bite, grab something at Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, or Baskin Robbins.

Keep kids entertained. GSP is making traveling with kids a little easier with free livestreaming of ToonMobile, a compilation of kid-friendly content from Cartoon Network, to keep kids of all ages entertained while waiting for their flight. To access ToonMobile, log-in to GSP’s free public Wi-Fi.

Also, stop by the Information Center, located adjacent to baggage claim, to pick up a free First Time Flyer kit. The kit includes airport and aviation-themed toys and activities to provide entertainment before, during, and after the flight. Fun for kids, essential for parents.

Forget something? No problem. Preparing for travel can be hectic and inevitably you may forget essentials. Hudson News has two locations in the terminal with everything you need from personal protective equipment (PPE) and personal hygiene items to electronics and snacks. Also, vending kiosks are conveniently located on Concourses A and B. The kiosks offer electronics, cosmetics, PPE, and pharmacy products, including popular brands like Beats, SAMSUNG, JBL, and Kylie Cosmetics.

Stay charged! Keep your mobile devices charged by using charging stations located in the gate area. If you need a little extra, stop by one of the FuelRod kiosks to purchase a reusable, portable charging unit that comes fully charged. FuelRods can deliver up to 8 hours of talk time on a smartphone and 4 hours of internet browsing on a tablet on a single charge.

Prepare for Takeoff

The health and safety of our passengers is our top priority. We are committed, as always, to providing a safe and clean airport. GSP is continuously monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and is working closely with our employees, tenants, and airline partners. to reduce the risk of COVID-19. 

What we are doing. GSP strongly encourages travelers to wear masks while in the terminal building and to maintain the recommended six feet of distance. The airport has installed distancing reminders in common areas, such as ticket counters, TSA security checkpoint, and boarding areas. We have also installed plexiglass barriers, increased the number of hand sanitization stations throughout the terminal, and implemented enhanced cleaning measures. Click the video link below to see how GSP has prepared for takeoff. 

Fly confidently. A study conducted for the U.S. Department of Defense finds that airline passengers face minimal risk for contracting coronavirus when flying. The study found the risk for aerosol dispersion, or transmission of the virus through the air, was reduced by 99.7% thanks to high air exchange rates, HEPA-filtered recirculation, and downward ventilation found on modern jets. Read more here.

Familiarize yourself with COVID protocols. TSA and airlines have implemented new policies and procedures to reduce COVID-19 exposure during check-in, boarding, and during flight. Please review your airline’s response to COVID-19 before arriving at the airport.
TSA - Stay Healthy. Stay Secure. 
Allegiant – Together We Fly 

American – Clean Commitment
Delta – Delta CareStandard
Southwest – Southwest Promise
United – United Clean Plus

Shop GSP

Looking for a unique gift for your aviation enthusiast? We suggest you visit GSP's online store for airport branded items and memorabilia. Purchases can be conveniently picked up at our Information Center or shipped anywhere in the United States.