Lambert Prepares for Holiday Travellers
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
St. Louis, Mo. – This week is traditionally the busiest for travel in the US and security officials at Lambert Airport in St. Louis are expecting a huge increase over last year's traffic.
Federal security director Bill Switzer says the public will not see any significant procedural changes in security, but all screening machines will be staffed at 100-percent capacity.
Switzer advises passengers carrying Christmas packages not to wrap them before they fly.
"Because if we have to get in there, there could be a kids' toy that looks like a weapon or a prohibitive item or whatever and then unfortunately, we will have to unwrap the bag or get into the box or whatever to determine that it's not a prohibitive item; and we don't have the supplies nor the time to re-wrap the bag," Switzer said.
Switzer also advises passengers to minimize the amount of jewelry or metal items such as buttons that may slow down their screening time.