Headed home or on vacation during the holiday season? We don鈥檛 blame you for dreading a jam-packed airport and long lines that feel like total torture 鈥 especially if you鈥檙e traveling while pregnant or with your brood. To ease the stress and fear that come with flying during one of the most chaotic times of the year, we asked Andrea Feczko from ABC鈥檚 travel show Vacation Creation for some top tips. She dished four secrets that are sure to help you enjoy your smoothest trip yet.

1. Book an early morning flight. 鈥淚f you鈥檙e worried about delays or cancellations, it鈥檚 best to book an early morning flight,鈥 Feczko advises. She tells us that the general rule of thumb is that each hour during the day equals a minute of delay. 鈥淒elays usually peak around 6-9pm at 20 minutes,鈥 she explains. 鈥淭his is because flights tend to 鈥榬eset鈥 overnight.鈥

Booking an international flight? Feczko reminds us to be mindful of military time and to double check your flight times. 鈥淎s an American, we鈥檙e used to thinking that 8pm is 8pm, not 20:00,鈥 she notes. 鈥淚鈥檝e mixed this up before, once receiving a plane ticket to Japan with a departure time of 11:53 with a next day arrival 鈥 and I mistakenly assumed it was 11:53pm rather than in the morning. By the time I figured this out, the plane had already left without me!鈥

2. Get TSA Precheck. Skip the line by scoring TSA precheck, a tactic Feczko puts at the top of her list. 鈥淩emember when long security lines didn鈥檛 induce stress?鈥 she asks. 鈥淲ell, that鈥檚 what TSA Precheck is like. You don鈥檛 need to take off your shoes or tear apart your luggage to sort out liquids and electronics 鈥 and it rarely takes more than 15 minutes to get through security!鈥 To get TSA Precheck directly (you can also score it as part of Global Entry, which will help you breeze through customs), visit tsa.gov. You鈥檒l pay $85 for five years, which breaks down to $17/year and is well worth the time you鈥檒l save.

3. Choose your lines wisely. For folks who don鈥檛 have precheck, Feczko suggests a smart scan of security lines. 鈥淲hen you get to security, make a lap around the area before you commit to the line; take an extra minute to see what鈥檚 going on and how many agents are on location.鈥 She tells us that while taking the extra time might seem like a waste, getting in the right line can be a game-changer. 鈥淢ost of the time, you should pick the line closest to the TSA precheck security line,鈥 she advises. 鈥淭his works because if the precheck line gets quiet, the agent will likely pull people over from your line.鈥

Interestingly, the opposite applies to screening carry-on luggage. 鈥淚n this case, look for fewer agents per screening,鈥 Feczko offers. 鈥淭he best situation looks like one line per agent manning the machine. If you see two people behind the machine, chances are one of the agents is in training, making the process longer.鈥 Who knew?

4. Opt for traveling on a holiday. 鈥淚 know that traveling on a holiday sounds counter-intuitive, but it actually works well,鈥 Feczko shares. 鈥淭hink about it: Everyone is rushing to get home for the holiday (it doesn鈥檛 matter which one), but if you travel on the actual holiday, it鈥檚 usually a great experience. People are all generally in a good mood, airports are less crowded, and you鈥檒l probably get more bang for your buck.鈥

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