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Expect Long TSA Lines at Airports This Week, Especially in Dallas DFW Airport

Mark Hake

The AAA now expects some 56.4 million people will travel 50 miles or more this week for Thanksgiving. They also expect 8% more people will be flying this seeking compared to last year. This puts it at pre-pandemic levels.

Dallas DFW airport has become the second-busiest airport in the world in passenger volume, according to the Airports Council International (ACI). As a result, expect traffic at DFW airport will be intense this week.

As a result, expect long lines. Both the Dallas Love Field and DFW Airport are asking passengers to arrive at least three hours before their plane departure during the Thanksgiving holiday.

There will also be limited parking space, including valet services. So, if you can get dropped off at the airport, you will likely do better than trying to find a parking space.

Texas is expected to have 6% more traffic this weekend in terms of the volume of passengers, compared to last year. As a result, travelers should consider not checking their baggage if at all possible.

Next Year the May 3, 2023, REAL ID Deadline Starts

And don't forget that starting next May (May 3, 2023, to be exact), the TSA will start enforcing the REAL ID Act of 2005.

For those under 21 here is an example of the Texas REAL ID driver's license.

Under 21 Texas REAL ID Driver's License samples.Photo byTexas Dept. of Public Safety

That means that no one without the gold circle star in the upper right-hand corner of their license or ID will not be allowed to fly. They will have to show a passport, a passport ID card, or a Dept. of Defense ID to get on a plane.

This was discussed in a recent article in NewsBreak, "Texas Residents Have Until May 3, 2023, To Get a REAL-ID Driver's License." The article shows how you can apply for a REAL ID license or ID.

It also shows all the documents that are needed to apply for the Texas REAL ID with a gold circle and star in the upper right-hand corner.

Given that there is likely to be a rush to get these IDs well before May 3, travelers should be thinking about going to the Dept. of Public Safety offices well before the end of March or April.

Here is what Texas says:

" If your card does not have the star, you can continue to use the card after May 3, 2023, but it will only be accepted for state-related purposes such as driving (driver license only), banking, and voting. It will not be accepted as identification for federal purposes."

Texas has implemented all of the security standards required by the REAL ID Act and began issuing REAL ID-compliant DL/ID cards on October 10, 2016.

If your card expires after May 3, 2023, and you want a REAL ID-compliant card, you can request a duplicate card either in person or through Texas.gov.

You can go to the following site to apply: REAL ID Document Check Application to assist in preparing you for a Driver's License office visit.


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Mark R. Hake, CFA, writes articles on national and local news, stocks, and market events at InvestorPlace.com, Barchart.com, Medium.com, and Newsbreak.com as well as TalkMarkets.

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Mark Hake is a financial analyst, investor, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He writes about US and foreign stocks as well as cryptos, hedge funds, and private equity. He previously ran his own hedge fund, investment research firm, and acted as CFO for a fintech startup. He focuses on finding value, arbitrage, and hidden asset opportunities.

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