ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Lambert Airport is bracing for the rush of 250,000 passengers coming and going this Christmas week and beyond.
Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says traffic has been heavy all week, and some ten-thousand soldiers are expected to pass through the airport on Wednesday alone.
Among the soldiers seen in uniform, 25-year old Matt Martin had just walked off the plane and was greeted by his parents and sister in the terminal.
“I just came back from seven months in Afghanistan,” Martin said, “Currently, I’m on my R and R for the next couple of weeks. After 18 hours on the plane, it’s a great homecoming.”
In terms of security, Lambert officials say children under 12 no longer have to remove their shoes. That’s expected to help move the lines along at security checkpoints.