Fourth of July travel starts at RDU

July 1, 2008 9:15:34 AM PDT
The 4th of July holiday travel period kicks into high gear Tuesday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Nearly 150,000 people are expected to travel through RDU between today and Sunday, July 6. Officials at RDU recommend passengers arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before their flight departs to ensure the time needed to park, check in with their airline and to go through security checkpoint.

Tips from the TSA

The Transportation Security Administration offers these three simple tips for summer travelers:

  1. To speed up the security screening process, present your photo ID and your airline boarding pass when you enter the security checkpoint. Hold on to the boarding pass until you go through the metal detector.
  2. Limitations on liquids and gels in carry-on luggage are still in place. The TSA reminds passengers of the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, gels and aerosols at the checkpoint:
    • 3-ounces or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols placed in
    • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag
    • 1 bag per passenger placed separately in a security bin for X-ray screening
    • The liquid restrictions apply only to carry-on bags. Passengers can pack larger quantities of liquids and gels in checked baggage.
  3. Removing footwear for X-ray screening is required. Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps speed the security screening process. Also, place sweaters and jackets in one of the bins at the checkpoint.

For more TSA travel tips, visit the TSA Web site.

Tips for Families

Following is RDU's annual list of travel tips for families:

  • 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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