RDU prepares for holiday rush

Posted July 1, 2008

— Raleigh-Durham International Airport officials expect nearly 150,000 holiday travelers to extend lines and clog parking lots beginning Tuesday.

Officials recommend that air passengers plan to arrive at the airport 90 minutes before their scheduled departure to allow enough time for parking, check-in and security clearance.

RDU offered these tips for families traveling with small children:

  • Children must be removed from strollers and carriers before proceeding through the security screening area.
  • All carry-on items, including strollers, child seats, diaper bags, blankets and toys must go through security screening procedures.
  • All bags hanging on and carried under strollers must be removed and put through the X-ray machine.
  • To expedite the screening process, passengers should collapse and fold strollers and place them on the X-ray belt.
  • Sharp or pointed toys should be packed in checked luggage.
  • If a child is traveling alone, families can make special arrangements with their airline to accompany the child to the departure gate.

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  • taylor boy Jul 1, 2008

    They ought to rush to do battle against the high gas prices.

  • gman976 Jul 1, 2008

    This is unrelated but, I noticed that throughout the water shortage RDU continued running their sprinklers every day. I was over there a week or so ago and the sprinklers were running while it was raining. Its nice to know they are looking out for us.

  • DurhamDude Jul 1, 2008

    I'm flying/traveling. Gas prices aren't high enough from last year to keep me from taking important holiday trips to see family. In my experiences, the airplanes are now full, but bearable. Lots of people just complain a lot.

  • FloydTurbo Jul 1, 2008

    Airline travel is nothing but "flying buses" with even more hassle and customer discomfort.

    Airlines have now passed "cable companies" as America's most customer-UNfriendly industry.

  • SomeRandomGuy Jul 1, 2008

    Who's got the money to afford to take a trip with gas prices the way they are??

  • TheAdmiral Jul 1, 2008

    RDU will have 10 people in line this holiday rush!