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    This is a traditional post. My annual tips for flying during Thanksgiving week. Fly (and read) at your own risk.

    Leave for the airport NOW. Don't wait until the last week .

    Bring no luggage. Wearing the same clothes for a week is a small price to pay. Plus, the airlines now charge you for check-in luggage AND blankets. Pretty soon pressurized air will also be extra.

    Southwest has no reserved seating. Get in one of the latter groups boarding. You don’t want to be one of the first to sit then watch as fifty people glance at the empty seat next to you, then to you, and decide to sit somewhere else. Even in the last row.

    If you have children under the age of five tell your relatives one has an earache and make everyone come to YOU.
    Don't be an *******. Wear your mask. And slug a flight attendant who tells you to put it on.

    Those people in the Stand-By line – those are the same people who think they can get rich selling Amway products, and the Tooth Fairy really exists. Don’t fly Stand-By unless you like sleeping in airport terminals for five days.

    If you rent from Hertz plan on a two hour wait just to get your car. Unless you’re one of their “preferred” customers in which case allow only one hour.

    When rental car companies recommend you use premium gasoline put in regular. It’s cheaper, it’ll run just fine, and it’s not your car.

    Before you pull off the road to a Chuck E. Cheese for lunch, remember their namesake is a rat.

    Air travelers: avoid O’Hare. Better to land in Dallas, even if your destination is Chicago.

    If you’re dropping someone off at the airport don’t even think you’ll be able to stop. Have your travelers practice the tuck and roll from a moving car. The first couple of times they’ll bounce but by the fourth or fifth try they should have it down.

    There’s more legroom in Exit rows. When the flight attendants ask if you are willing to help out in case of emergency just say yes. Like it’s going to make a big difference anyway if you crash.

    If you’re flying on an airline that doesn’t have reserved seating never sit next to anyone who is already eating or reading Ann Coulter.

    Before you fly to New York and have to negotiate JFK just remember – the parade is on TV. And it’s the same friggin' balloons as last year. The only difference is that the stars of NBC’s big new hit from last year, THE CAPE, won’t be there (thank God).

    Put a big strip of duct tape on your luggage so you’ll recognize it easily. And it makes a nice fashion statement.

    If you’re flying with small children see if there’s such a thing as “Flintstones Valium”.

    In-flight alcoholic beverages are expensive. Better to drink heavily at the airport before boarding.

    And finally, watch PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES again and think of it as a “best” case scenario.

    Happy trails to you all.


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