Security is apt to take longer this time of year. A lot of inexperienced or even novice fliers may be coming to the airport this holiday season, and they may not be aware of TSA’s rather ludicrous rules concerning gels and liquids. Some of us still do not understand why our Herbal Essence is a dangerous weapon, you see.
Ahem. Anyway. It is better, when you can, to get on a nonstop flight. Connector flights can be the source of seriously hectic delays. Worse, you are stuck somewhere where you likely know no one.
These days, you can definitely benefit from confirming your flight a few days ahead of time.