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Conquering Airports On Black Wednesday

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The eve of Thanksgiving carries the same chaotic, stressful reputation as it has for decades passed: the busiest travel day of the year. Yet, no matter how many years go by, no matter what precautions are taken or how much media attention it gets, there are still doubts as to whether people will make it home to their loved ones in time for turkey.  

Orbitz revealed the Top Ten Airports To Avoid On Thanksgiving. Here were the top ten “Orbitz Insider” busiest airports for Thanksgiving 2015.

“With travel expected to be up six percent, those heading to airports this Thanksgiving will need to build in extra time to account for bigger crowds and longer lines,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor of  “As expected, Wednesday, Nov. 25and Sunday, Nov. 29 will be the busiest of the weekend. Travelers looking to avoid the crowds should consider flying out on Thanksgiving day and coming back on Monday, Nov. 30, both the least busy of the holiday weekend.”

1 Los Angeles International Los Angeles, Calif. LAX
2 Chicago O’Hare International Chicago, Ill. ORD
3 San Francisco International San Francisco, Calif. SFO
4 Denver International Denver, Colo. DEN
5 Boston Logan International Boston, Mass. BOS
6 John F. Kennedy International New York, N.Y. JFK
7 Orlando International Orlando, Fla. MCO
8 Newark Liberty International Newark, N.J. EWR
9 Dallas-Fort Worth International Dallas, Texas DFW
10 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Atlanta, Ga. ATL

They also released a list of the least busy airports, but as you’ll see, the majority of them aren’t convenient to too many major cities.

1 Eppley Airfield Omaha, Neb. OMA
2 Kahului Airport Maui, Hawaii OGG
3 Mineta San Jose International San Jose, Calif. SJC
4 Jacksonville International Jacksonville, Fla. JAX
5 Palm Beach International West Palm Beach, Fla.  PBI
6 Nashville International Nashville, Tenn. BNA
7 General Mitchell International Milwaukee, Wis. MKE
8 John Wayne Airport Orange County, Calif. SNA
9 Port Columbus International Columbus, Ohio CMH
10 Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Cincinnati, Ohio CVG

As useful as this information may have been, the fact still remained: for many, traveling is unavoidable. Many businesses are still open. Many schools are still in session. At that point in time, reasonable travel alternatives are scarce. Yet, regardless of these simple facts, Orbitz still said “if you have already booked a flight in or out one of these airports, well, then it sucks to be you.” Translation: for those of you committed to traveling that day, congratulations! You’re doomed for a really miserable time.

workplace productivity at the airport

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It’s no secret that airport foul-ups calls their their organizational productivity into question and are incredibly frustrating, particularly during the holidays when time is of the essence. Still, the majority of the time, there’s not much you as an individual can do about it. Likewise, bad processes in the workplace—no matter how expected or unexpected they may be—are sometimes hard to avoid. However, this shouldn’t be the reason to fret over elements that are out of your control. It shouldn’t be a viable reason for giving up on the venture either. In fact, such a resolution seems counterproductive.

Instead, rise to the challenge. Stop focusing on how terrible the consequences may be, and narrow your focus on making the outcomes better. For those of you traveling today: pack light to avoid checking bags, pre-print your boarding pass at home,  familiarize yourself with current TSA rules, bring that book you’ve been wanting to read, splurge on the latest tunes for your iPod. Regardless of the situation, vow to head out knowing what’s in store and prepared to handle the worst. You may just end up finding out it wasn’t so terrible. AccelaWork assists in seeking positive, productive solutions to problems. Contact our business process improvement consultants today to learn more.

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