St. Louis Public Radio News
Fri November 29, 2002
Lambert Airport Not Changing Any Travel Advice
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – More people are flying this weekend than during last year's Thanksgiving holiday, and Lambert Airport officials in St. Louis hope new security measures won't confuse passengers.
Officials say many people who travel this weekend won't be used to the changes in airport security made this year. Most notable is that all baggage screeners are new federal employees.
Lambert's Michael Donatt says the new security doesn't change any advice, like arriving two hours early and not packing potential weapons. "It's not that different of a process that people have been accustomed to in the past," Donatt said. "We just have to fine tune some of the issues so people will know and will be reassured of what they will encounter."
One change is that new machines could mess up film put in checked luggage so cameras should stay in carry-on bags.
Last year's terrorist attacks kept many holiday travelers off planes but this year AAA says almost six million people will fly to their Thanksgiving destination.