People, Pets Jet Away For Thanksgiving At MSP

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tiger and Bear are toy poodles, making the trip to Grandmother’s house in Virginia.

Their mom, Jenna Andrews, said she’s a little nervous about them traveling.

“He can get in little moods where he gets growly and fights,” She said.

And she’s not quite sure how to handle those all-important pit stops.

“I have a potty pad, and maybe I’ll go into one of those family restrooms and just put it down,” Andrews said.

woman with dogs People, Pets Jet Away For Thanksgiving At MSP

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Cindy and Jason Swensen are from Lakeville and are taking their two daughters to Colorado to see family.

“And my parents are out there, and we’re excited. Anika’s birthday is today. She turns 4,” Cindy said.

Jason said they got to the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport early on Wednesday. He said they have to plan for the unexpected.

“Like diaper changes, meltdowns and spit ups,” he said.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

One airport worker said they added staff, and that’s made the lines move more quickly as travelers fly out to see relatives over the holidays.

Still, officials recommend getting to the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

“Mornings can be especially busy,” said Jeff Hamiel, executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates the MSP airport.

He said if you haven’t flown in a while, there are some security screening procedures to remember. For example, be sure to take your 1-quart size bag of liquids out of your carry-on luggage to be screened separately.

And remember, the security checkpoint that is closest to your gate isn’t always the best option. Consider using Check Point 6 because it has the most queuing capacity.

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