Charleston County Aviation Authority provided the following travel tips to those flying over the holiday season:
Wrapped gifts are not prohibited by the Transportation Security Administration, but if a bag or package prompts an alarm during a security screening, TSA agents may have to open it.
Passengers are encouraged to ship gifts ahead of time or wrap them at their destination.
When traveling with food, we recommend passengers review TSA regulations.
Food and gifts: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/traveling-food-or-gifts
There are several parking options available at Charleston International Airport.
Valet and deck parking costs $15 a day and surface lot parking costs $8 a day. Valet parking will go up to $17 a day Jan. 1.
Two remote (seasonal overflow) parking lots open when both the parking deck and surface lot are full. Remote lot parking costs $8 a day. A free shuttle service is available to and from the terminal when the remote lot is in use.
During busy travel periods, passengers should plan ahead and leave plenty of time to park, check bags with the airlines and go through security. Always check with your airline for cancellations or delays before coming to the airport, particularly when there is inclement weather in Charleston or at your destination.
Arriving and departing
If you don't have to drive, have someone drop you off at the airport or carpool.
Taxi and CARTA bus services are widely available to provide rides to and from the airport.
Parking is free in the cell phone waiting lot for people picking up arriving passengers. There, information about incoming flights is displayed on an outdoor marquee, and up to 40 vehicles can park at a time. Passengers can call from baggage claim for pickup. It is a short drive from the cell phone lot to the terminal building.