Flight Blog

Nov 12 2019 Chicago Travel Guide BY sgf-adminTAGS General


Our airport offers direct flights to some of the most exciting destinations in the nation, including the Windy City, Chicago, made up of nearly 234 square miles of things to do and see! If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, consider the following tips and tricks to get the most out of your visit.

O’Hare Airport, commonly known as the Chicago Airport, is the 6th largest airfield in the United States. As such, it can be daunting to navigate. Take a look at the airport map before your flight to prepare.

When choosing your lodgings, tried and true Yelp reviews are a good starting place. Airbnb features a wider variety of eclectic hotel/room options; or check out Global Grasshopper for some cool and unusual hotel options.

For the foodie visiting Chicago, there is so much more to explore than the standard Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs! Visit these links for Cheap Eats, a First-Timer’s GuideKid-Friendly Restaurants, and Classic Chicago Restaurants.

Chicago’s popular tourist attractions include the Chicago Theater, Millennium Park, and the Willis Tower Sky Deck, but if you’re looking for something a little more unique, consider the following options:

  • Spice up the night at the Green Mill cocktail lounge. Founded in 1907, this bar has ties to the old Chicago mob scene. Listen to some classic jazz and swing music, or maybe a Sunday night poetry slam.
  • Watch today’s blockbusters in a gorgeous theater that originally opened in 1929, at the historic Music Box Theater!
  • Are you more active and adventurous? Want a fun way to explore the city? Check out 3Quest’s Chicago Challenge Game. This digital-scavenger hunt will have you all over Chicago exploring new places, solving clues, and participating in challenges. It’s like a puzzle, trivia game, and urban hike all rolled into one.

Enjoy visiting the Windy City!




The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides protection for airline patrons through the use of security checkpoints, a federal program designed to keep passengers safe. While this process is vital to the security of our passengers, we understand that this can seem like a burden to the busy traveler. To get through security at our airport safely and quickly, follow these tips. 


Tip One: Know what you can and can’t bring through security. Items that will not make it through the TSA security checkpoint range from clearly dangerous firearms of any kind and pocketknives to more innocent-seeming foam toy swords and golf clubs. Even paint can be detained at the checkpoint, if it’s flammable. For an exhaustive list of what can and cannot be taken through the TSA checkpoint, visit their website (https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all).


Tip Two: Dress for success. Wear slip-on shoes & socks for easy removal before screening and to avoid walking through the checkpoint barefoot. Avoid wearing anything that looks like a weapon; for example, a necklace shaped like a pair of brass knuckles won’t be allowed through security, so pack your edgy jewelry in your checked bag. While preparing to go through the checkpoint, you may remove your outerwear, such as coats and jackets. These items will have to pass through the x-ray scanner and having them off in advance will help things move more quickly.


Tip Three: Prepare your papers ahead of time. One of the biggest traffic jams at security checkpoints is caused by people waiting until the last minute to start pulling out documents. You can prepare for this ahead of time. Much like you can pack so that your laptop can be easily removed for scanning, you should pack so that your ID and boarding pass are easily accessible. While preparing to pass through the checkpoint, get your ID and boarding pass ready to go.


Tip Four: Show up early! This really is the easiest way to ensure a low-stress TSA interaction. When you’re cutting it close, you can become frazzled and disorganized, increasing the time spent in the security process. It’s also difficult to estimate how busy the airport will be when you arrive for your flight. Showing up 2 hours before takeoff could save you from missing your flight.


Following these tips can help you get through TSA as quickly and efficiently as possible. Learn more on our website (http://www.sgf-branson-airport.com/tips) or on the TSA’s official website (https://www.tsa.gov/).


Oct 20 2019 Los Angeles Travel Guide BY sgf-adminTAGS


A lot of people don’t realize our airport has non-stop flights to Los Angeles. Yes, non-stop service to the City of Angels –– that mythic place of surf, sand, movie stars and golden light. It’s just one airplane ride away on Allegiant Air.

So, if you get that urge to fly west, here’s our LA Travel Guide …

Image of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles airport (LAX) is huge. Eight terminals and a total of 132 gates! Checkout these maps of LAX before arriving.

There’s no shortage of amazing places to stay in Los Angeles. Checkout these resources to help you choose:

  • You'll find hotel reviews on Yelp.
  • When you want lodging that's more private and interesting, check out Air BNB.
  • If you want to say close to Disneyland, check out Mickey Visit.

There are lots of amazing places to eat in Los Angeles! Checkout these guides:

If you want to immerse yourself in LA’s culture and history, plan a walking trip on some of the city’s hidden public staircases.

How about a quiet beach? Check out some of the lesser known, and less crowded, LA beaches.

And finally, we offer 207 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Los Angeles.

Bon Voyage!