More than 1.75 million travelers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the year-end holiday season between Friday, Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. Airport officials offer the following "Smart Traveler" tips for a hassle-free trip:
Before arriving at LAX, passengers should remember:
-- Do not pack or bring prohibited items to LAX, especially those that resemble any type of weapon. Replicas of guns, lighters shaped like guns, belt buckles shaped like grenades, and other similar items delay passenger or checked-luggage screening while officials determine whether or not these items are real. -- Leave gifts or large boxes unwrapped for inspection. -- Wear footwear that can be easily removed for passenger security screening. -- If packing liquids, gels and/or aerosols in carry-on bags, these items must be in three-ounce-size or smaller containers, fit easily in a one- quart-size plastic, zip-top bag, and one bag is permitted per passenger. -- Save time at check-in by obtaining boarding passes electronically from airlines' Internet websites, especially if traveling with carry-on bags only. -- Eliminate the hassles of driving and parking at the airport. Take shared-ride alternative transportation including taxis, door-to-door shuttle vans, Van Nuys and Union Station FlyAway buses, public buses and the Metro Rail Green Line. -- Because of varying winter weather conditions across the country, check with your airline before leaving for the airport to ensure your flight is on time. -- Tune to LAX AiRadio at 530 AM on the dial to listen to the latest information on airport and freeway/roadway conditions near and in the airport, airline terminal locations, current security conditions and parking availability.
While at the airport, travelers should remember:
-- Drop-off and pick-up is allowed at terminal curbside only, not in the middle of traffic or along prohibited curbs. Motorists cannot park or wait for passengers at curbside. Ask to be met or picked up in baggage claim areas or terminal curbside on the Lower/Arrivals Level after claiming checked luggage. -- Advise motorists meeting arriving passengers to take advantage of the two hours free parking available in Economy Lots B and C and take the free LAX shuttle buses to the terminals. They can also wait at no cost at the LAX Cellphone Waiting Lot at 9011 Airport Blvd. -- Place metallic items inside carry-on bags or the clear, plastic zip- top bags provided by LAX at passenger screening checkpoints. Metal items include large watches, coins, keys, mobile phones, pens, pagers and personal digital assistants. -- Remove outerwear, including suit jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts, at passenger screening checkpoints. -- Do not agree to watch strangers' luggage or personal belongings. -- Watch personal belongings at all times. -- Report suspicious behavior to law enforcement or Transportation Security Administration personnel.
LAX is one of four airports of Los Angeles World Airports, a City of Los Angeles department that also owns and operates LA/Ontario International, LA/Palmdale Regional and Van Nuys Airports.