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Another busy travel day at airport, bus terminal

The crush of travellers trying to catch a flight or bus to be with loved ones over the holidays continues. Long lineups had already formed at both Pearson International airport and the downtown bus terminal before dawn Friday.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority expects 100,000 people to pass through the airport on Friday—one one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Traveller Rahila Obais said organization is key when flying on a busy day.

“Everything is organized. We’ve got an organized backpack, everything done,” she said Friday morning. She’s travelling with her kids.

There are a few tips you can follow to make your time at the airport easier:

  • Try and pre-book online
  • Arrive in plenty of time
  • Have all of your documents in order
  • If you’re taking gifts with you, leave them unwrapped so security can check them
  • Remember carry-on liquids, gels and aerosols restrictions: These items must be packed in 100 ml containers and fit into one clear and resealable plastic bag. A single 1L bag is permitted per passenger.

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Christmas carolers wandering throughout the terminals may help ease travelling tensions and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand to read stories to kids.

Thousands of travellers are also expected to pass through the Toronto Coach Terminal at Bay and Dundas in the days leading up to Christmas.