November 21, 2012
By David Bauerlein
The Florida Times-Union.
Heading into the busy holiday travel season, people who use the Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s seasonal economy lot will get a little relief by saving $5 compared to last year.
The authority will open the seasonal economy lot Wednesday and charge a flat fee of $20 for parking, which is down from $25 previously.
The parking lot, called Economy Lot 3, will be open starting Wednesday and the flat rate will cover parking through next Tuesday.
The lower cost is among the parking rate changes the aviation authority approved this year to promote parking at its outlying lots. Other parking rates at airport-owned facilities range from $5 to $18 per day.
AAA Auto Club South projects about 2.2 million Floridians and 1.2 million Georgians will travel at least 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday. For both states, it’s a slight increase of six-tenths of 1 percent from last year’s travel activity.
To be prepared and plan ahead, motorists can dial 511 in either state to get the latest reports on accidents, construction and traffic jams on major roads. Florida’s FL511.com web site lets motorists download the 511 app on iTunes or follow Twitter feeds to stay abreast of traffic issues on the road ahead.
Air travelers can visit the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s web site at www.tsa.gov for tips on avoiding hassles at security checkpoints.
“The better prepared they are to go through the checkpoint, the better the process will be,” said Ed Goodwin, federal security director for the TSA at Jacksonville International Airport.
The government’s 3-1-1 rule says travelers are allowed to carry on liquids, gels and aerosols that are in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces. All the containers must fit into a quart-sized clear, plastic zip-top bag, and the limit is one bag per passenger.
Snow globes are allowed provided the globe is no bigger than the size of a tennis ball and the snow globe can fit into the one-quart bag with any other liquid containers.
Anyone who has a disability or medical condition can call the TSA at (855) 787-2227 to ask question about traveling.
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