Brace yourselves for the holidays. It's going to be busier than last year's. According to the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), over 43 million people will fly the American skyways over the Christmas and New Year's holidays this year, up 3% from last year.

If you're looking for (slightly) quicker waits in TSA checks and airline's self-check counters, try to avoid the busiest days: December 21-23, 26-30 and January 2-3. They're more expensive days too, as airlines add a $10 to $30 surcharge on those days.

Yes, savvy reader, that means flying Christmas or New Year's Day is quieter. That is, as long as Uncle Seth doesn't throw a fit for the late arrival for Christmas supper.

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