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Pictured, members of the Denison Monarch Band line up at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday to go through a checklist with Ruben Newell, director, before dep…

At this time of year, many folks in my business seem obligated to run lists of holiday "tips" or checklists for anyone planning an airline trip. For the most part, the individual items on those lists are the same-old, same-old all-purpose recommendations; many are obvious "Well, Duh" standards. This year, however, you can expect a few additional caveats: COVID-19 isn't over, and most of the organizations that you encounter — airlines, TSA, hotels — are understaffed. Add the usual lousy weather in at least some parts of the country and you get a recipe for delays, cancellations, and general frustrations.