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Plan Ahead for Thanksgiving Travel - 11/25/2014 -

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Plan Ahead for Thanksgiving Travel

New Orleans The busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period is underway at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport as families are reunited for the holiday or take the time to go on vacation.

Passengers are reminded of the following security protocols that are in effect at the Airport. If you will be traveling during this busy period, these suggestions may improve your travel experience:

· Arrive at least 2 hours prior to your departure time.

· Most domestic air travelers can avoid ticket counter lines by checking in with their airlines through the airlines' websites before coming to the airport. Passengers should also make sure baggage complies with the airlines' size and weight limitations so there are no surprises with airline baggage fees.

· Boarding passes & government issued IDs are required at the security checkpoint.

· Carry-on baggage is limited to one (1) bag plus one (1) personal item such as a small purse, briefcase or laptop computer.

· Passengers should prepare for security screening and remember the TSA's 3-1-1 rule: containers must be 3 ounces or less and be in a 1-quart clear plastic zipper-locking bag, with only one bag per passenger, which must be put in a screening bin. Also remember not to wrap gifts that will be carried through the checkpoint. It's a good idea to check the TSA website at for the latest information.

· Passengers are encouraged to place all jewelry and valuables in a quart sized zipper-locking bag for going through the screening process. The bag can be easily handled and you can place the jewelry back on after leaving the checkpoint area.

· All shoes must be removed for inspection at the screening checkpoints.

· No knives, scissors, blades or sharp objects are permitted beyond security. If you are unsure of an item, please place it in your checked baggage.

· Passengers should pack their patience – and be prepared. Anticipate the possibility of delays by stashing a book, any medicines that may be needed, extra diapers, food and small toys and games for babies and children in carry-on bags. Also be sure mobile devices are fully charged.

The combined parking capacity at the Airport is over 5,300 spaces. Daily rates for the airport operated lots are Credit Card Lot $10; Long Term $14; Short Term $17. All spaces are on a first come, first served basis.

Law enforcement will be placing traffic controls in effect as vehicle traffic builds. Please comply with all law enforcement traffic controls set up to ease the congestion and allow customers to exit and enter the facility in the best manner possible.

The Airport operates a "cell phone” lot at the corner of Airline Drive and Hollandey Street across from the Airport Access Road. This lot will provide people picking up arriving passengers a safe, convenient place to wait until the passenger arrives and calls to say that they are at curbside ready for pick-up. Cell phone lots are becoming popular at airports across the country as a way to decrease the vehicular traffic on the roadway systems.

People picking up passengers at the Airport are encouraged to use the cell phone lot. Circling the roadway system is not encouraged due to congestion.



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