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Busy travel season begins at RDU

Posted December 23, 2008 5:47 a.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:10 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.