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RDU International Airport Expects Heavier Holiday Traffic

Posted June 29, 2006

— If you are flying out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport for the July 4 holiday weekend, you can expect the traffic to be heavy.

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WRAL.com Travel Section

RDU officials anticipate nearly 160,000 people will be traveling through the airport over the next week. That's nearly 10,000 more than last year.

Heaviest travel days are expected to be Thursday and Friday. RDU is recommending that travelers arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before flight departure time.

Updated parking, airline and ground transportation information is available at RDU's

Web site.

RDU also makes the following recommendations for people 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 children can walk, they should go through the metal detector at security checkpoint on their own.
  • If a child is traveling alone, families can make special arrangements with their airline to accompany the child to the departure gate. Parents should contact their airline before arriving at the airport.
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