MYR officials welcome the holiday travel season, remind travelers to travel smart

Myrtle Beach International Airport welcomes the 2016-2017 holiday season with reminders to travelers to travel smart. (WPDE)

Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) says the holiday travel season, which last from Dec. 16, 2016, to Jan. 6, 2017, is officially underway and they foresee a number of busy days ahead.

According to a news release, airlines have scheduled nearly 74,000 seats arriving at and departing from MYR this holiday season.

Officials said the busiest travel days are MYR are expected to be Dec. 22, Dec. 23, and Dec. 26, 2016, and Jan. 2, 2017.

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Of the total number of seats arriving at and departing from MYR, officials said about 49 percent of them will be through Spirit, 32 percent will be through American Airlines, and 19 percent will be through Delta Air Lines.

With so many flights ahead, officials are warning travelers to travel safe and smart.

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They said anyone heading to the airport should first familiarize themselves with TSA screening rules.

If you're leaving through MYR, eligible travelers can take advantage of TSA PreCheck to expedite their airport security screening.

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TSA PreCheck is also available at a number of airports across the nation. For more information on TSA PreCheck locations, processes, and availability, please visit the TSA PreCheck webpage.

When it comes to packing, officials also said that those traveling with gifts should leave items unwrapped. Wrapped packages are subject to search, meaning that all the effort put into ribbons and bows may go to waste at the security checkpoint.

On the day of an anticipated flight, travelers are advised to arrive two hours before the scheduled departure time and make sure to check the airline's website before leaving home.

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