PDX to travelers: Check, prep, taste, fly

PDX advice: Get there 2 hours ahead of departure

Travelers at PDX, November 20, 2016 (KOIN)
Travelers at PDX, November 20, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Flying back to Aunt Madge’s house for Thanksgiving? You won’t be alone.

Though the busiest days at Portland International Airport tend to be in the summer, Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest times. Tuesday, more than 54,000 people will fly out of PDX, with another 56,000 expected fliers on Wednesday.

Port of Portland spokesperson Kama Simonds said it’s important for holiday travelers to check the TSA website before coming to the airport to make sure you’re not packing something you can’t bring.

“You want to do all the things you can to make your trip stress-free and successful,” Simonds told KOIN 6 News. “It’s important to note — you still can’t fly with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so remember to leave that at home.”

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Simonds suggested fliers should arrive at PDX 2 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure. If you’re traveling internationally or with small children or people with special needs, 2.5 hours is recommended.

“Worst case scenario,” she said, “you’ll wind up at America’s best airport with a little more time to kill.”

Those that do have more time to spare can taste test some features new since the summer. PDX has gone full tilt on coffee choices.

Travelers at PDX, Dec. 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Travelers at PDX, Dec. 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

“You can get Stumptown, Starbucks, Peet’s, Portland Roasting and probably everything inbetween,” Simonds said.

PDX also has a brand new tasting room that is sure to send travellers on their way with souvenirs.

“We’ll see this coming Thanksgiving week the grand opening of the world’s first spirit tasting room in an airport.”

Tuesday and Wednesday will be busy, but not as busy as next Sunday, November 27. That day, PDX is expecting about 59,000 passengers.

O’Hare workers who plan strike will announce date Monday

CHICAGO (AP) — O’Hare International Airport workers who voted to strike soon will announce when they plan to take action.

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials say they will announce the date of their strike at 10 a.m. Monday at the airport.

About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote Thursday. The workers involved have been trying to organize with the union’s help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport.

The workers are seeking union rights and a $15 per hour wage. They include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants.

SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff says they don’t expect to shut down the airport but will create a disruption. The strike comes during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week.

A look at the new carpet being installed at PDX, Jan. 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
A look at the new carpet being installed at PDX, Jan. 22, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)