Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 09:13

During this busiest travel time of the season and as getaway week arrives for millions, a powerful wintertime storm with heavy rains and strong wind-gusts are threatening to tear into many travel plans between 11/22-12/3.

Tis the season without jolly because of not so friendly skies. This wacky weather threatens Thanksgiving celebrations and Black Friday shopping sprees.

If you're one of those millions expected to be traveling:

Take a backpack on board, instead of a rolling bag. You can count on packed flights with limited overhead space. If you aren't willing to pay extra for early boarding privileges, and don't want to risk having to check your carry on at the gate, bring a bag that can squeeze under the seat.

Use the power in your palm. Mobile tools, flight tracking app, can keep travelers informed of any changes to flight itineraries – including delays, cancellations, baggage claim information, departure and arrival gates, aircraft status and more. Receiving automatic updates will help ensure that nothing takes you by surprise.

Enroll in pre-check. Giving the TSA your personal information (and a check for $85) to speed through security lines may be worth it – especially if you're traveling during the hustle and bustle in December, as the enrollment process takes 2 to 3 weeks.

Check WiFi & in-flight device policies with your carrier. Although the FAA approved selected electronic devices during takeoff and landing, not all airlines have adopted the same policies (and not all air-crafts have WiFi). Check with your airline before assuming you'll have internet access throughout the trip.

Cut down the in-airport to-do list. Check-in the night before your flight to avoid another line, wear security-friendly attire by avoiding belts, layered clothing and packed pockets, and bookmark your airport's mobile website to keep updated on plan-altering announcements like closed roads or full parking lots.