Christmas and New Year’s flying guide: 6 things to know

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Ready or not, the winter holiday rush is here.

If you’re taking to the skies for Christmas, New Year’s or any of the other winter holidays, brace yourself for crowded airports and packed planes.

All told, 45.7 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines during an 18-day holiday window that begins Thursday (Dec. 20) and ends Jan. 6, according to the Airlines for America (A4A) trade group.

That amounts to about 2.54 million passengers per day during the period, an increase of 126,000 travelers per day from the comparable window last year, A4A says.

The busiest days of the holiday period will be Thursday (Dec. 20) and Friday (Dec. 21), according to projections from both A4A and the Transportation Security Administration. Friday is expected to be the single busiest day of the period.

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