There's nothing better than being back from for the holidays, but if you have to fly to get there you know what a struggle it can be.
Here are 12 struggles all travellers can relate to when they have to fly during the holiday season:
1. Airline prices
If you're flying around Thanksgiving or pretty much anytime in December you can expect airline prices to be through the roof. Everyone is trying to get home for the holidays so airlines can charge as much as they want and people are still going to fly.
Pro tip from a frequent flyer: Unless you know well in advance what dates you'll need to fly, always book your flight three weeks out and on a Tuesday. Airline prices are always at their cheapest on Tuesdays and when there are only three weeks left. So remember when you're looking to book to wait for three weeks 'til and on a Tuesday!
2. Security lines
Airports, in general, are usually madhouses, but security lines are at their ultimate worst during the holidays. I've missed more flights then I would like to admit in my lifetime and most of them have happened because of the crazy-long security lines.
Airport security is so important for everyone's safety, but this means that it's gonna take some time to get through those lines.
Give yourself at least two hours from the time you get to the airport to the time your flight takes off, so you won't be stressing over making your flight. If you have extra time, grab some snacks and browse the airport shops, some of them are pretty cool depending on what airport you're in!
3. Rude airport employees
There are certain airports where everyone is so nice no matter what time of day it is (shoutout RWS), and then there are those airports where every employee seems to hate their life (cough cough, BWI).
Some people have severe anxiety about flying, while other's love it and are so excited to get to their destination, either way, airline employees should do what they can to make flying as great of an experience for flyers as possible.
4. Rude flyers
After you've checked in you can avoid the rude airport employees, but you can't always avoid the rude people waiting to fly.
Tensions are high around the holidays, especially when families are flying with their young children.
We should all keep in mind the spirit of the season is about giving, so show a little kindness to strangers at the airport instead of being rude.
5. Flight delays
Flight delays are so annoying because they're usually a chain reaction, if your flight is delayed then the flight after you is going to be delayed too.
There's nothing worse than the panic you feel when you have to run through the airport trying to catch your layover before the plane leaves after your initial plane was seriously delayed.
With so many people are flying around the holidays and the inclement weather that comes with the winter months, flying at this time of year is asking for some delays.
6. Young kids on planes
I know I already mentioned how it's all of our responsibilities to show some kindness when traveling this time of year, but sitting next to a crying baby for hours does take a toll on your sanity.
7. The germs
Everyone is sick this time of year and I know every time I fly I end up sick too.
Just the thought of being stuck in a plane with the same germ-filled air recirculating the entire flight makes me nauseous.
8. Flight attendants stressing passengers out
I was always told to follow the flight attendant, if the flight attendants are calm, you should be calm, if they're freaking out, you have reason to freak out.
The past few times I've flown during the holiday season there's been a few flight attendants that have royally stressed their passengers out for nothing we can control.
When they come over the intercom rushing passengers to get to their seat because we're already 25 minutes late, but when we're already that late and we still have a full plane to board they're only stressing people out more who are already worried they're going to miss their connecting flight.
A little sense of urgency might do some good, but repeating it over and over again will only cause premature worry to passengers.
9. Being stuck on the runway when there's no room at your gate
When flights come in early, or get delayed many of them don't have a spot at the gate to let passengers off.
This is the worst when you've been stuck in the middle seat between two strangers all flight and just want to get off so you can get some personal space back
10. People taking forever to exit the plane
Please people, check your bags in!
11. Waiting at baggage claim
But when you do check them in you have to wait at baggage claim and try to grab yours before it passes by.
12. Trying to get picked up from the airport
Airport pickups during the holidays mean you're stuck on the side of the road waiting for everyone to finish hugging their loved ones so yours can pull up and get you.
Most of the time you're waiting in the freezing cold.
But, all the airport chaos is worth it to be back home with your friends and family this holiday season.