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Busy travel season begins at RDU

Posted December 23, 2008
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Tens of thousands are expected to pack the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Tuesday – the beginning of the busy holiday travel season.

Though travel numbers are expected to be down from prior years due to the slumping economy, experts predict full flights because the airline industry is offering fewer seats.

Busy travel season begins at RDU Busy travel season begins at RDU

To keep security-screening moving, airport officials recommend keeping photo identification out at all times.

Officials are also reminding people to keep undeveloped film in carry-on luggage because the X-ray machines used for checked baggage may damage film.

Passengers are urged to check their flight status before coming to the airport and to print boarding passes early at home or work.

Officials with AAA Carolinas say fewer North Carolina and South Carolina residents will travel this by air this holiday season. On Monday, officials predicted a nearly 8 percent decrease of travelers from now until Dec. 31 in comparison with 2007.


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  • BELLA28 Dec 23, 2008

    Everyone should check out the RDU Overlook Park.....you get to watch the planes come and go. Very relaxing place to have lunch or just enjoy the planes!

  • mizzmeg Dec 23, 2008

    My flight into Detroit yesterday from Osaka (Japan) arrived an hour early, but by the time they finally allowed the plane into the gate it was almost on time. When it got time for my flight to Raleigh, we were stuck on the plane after boarding late for half an hour waiting for our bags to be loaded. I guess it was a win/lose situation.