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Thanksgiving Holiday Off to a Busy Start at Lambert Airport

Brett Blume
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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) -  Those heading to Lambert Airport Wednesday will find themselves competing with about 23,000 other travellers.

Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says that means knowing what to do to make your trip through security go as smoothly as possible.

“We suggest that especially for those travelling with families that they do everything to make sure that they pack appropriately,” Niebruegge tells KMOX News. “That they don’t have liquids and gels in their bags that exceed the limit of 3.4 ounces, or bottled water. Things of that nature.”

Hamm-Niebruegge says there were some very long lines around 4:30 am Wednesday, but they were pared down quickly with the longest wait clocking in at around 12 minutes.

She also suggests that travellers arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes to two hours ahead of their scheduled departure.

And if possible, Hamm-Niebruegge adds, “travel light”.

“You know, the kids like to take a lot of different games and puzzles to entertain themselves,” she suggests, “but the lighter you can pack the easier it is.”

And don’t take bottled water through the security checkpoint, she says, “Because you can’t”.

Travellers passing through Lambert will still notice work going on related to repairs after the airport took a direct hit from a powerful tornado seven months ago.

But she says they’re entering the final stages of that work.

“The windows on the backside of the (main) terminal are all in,” Hamm-Niebruegge says.  “Dome One should be finished (Wednesday). We’ve got the windows in the lower levels of the other three domes in, but obviously we haven’t got those completed. That’s probably going to be a December timeframe, we were hoping to see that a little bit earlier.”

By the way, Sunday will be the busiest travel day at Lambert this year, with more than 25,000 people expected to pass through the concourse.

 

 

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