Airport officials: travel though Lambert going smoothly so far

Nov 23, 2011

On this day before Thanksgiving, a constant, steady flow of passengers are making their way through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Airport officials say about 23,000 passengers are going through checkpoints today.

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says so far the busy travel day has gone smoothly. She says one reason why is because children under 12 years old do not have to remove their shoes when they go through airport security.

"And that's very helpful this time of year when you have the holiday traffic so heavy with families and lots of times maybe 2 or 3 or maybe 4 within a family," Hamm-Niebruegge said. "So it's made the processing for not only the TSA agents, but for the families, a little easier in trying to get their children and all their belongings through security."

Hamm-Niebruegge says Sunday is expected to be an even heavier travel day with 25,000 passengers booked so far.