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ST. LOUIS (KPLR)- Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) andLambert airlines will soon see a steady increase of passengers as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Airport typically sees an increase of 15-20 percent in passenger traffic during the Thanksgiving air travel period, which extends this year from Friday, November 21 through Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The airline industry is expecting more than a one percent increase in air travel this year with more than 24 million passengers flying on U.S. airlines during the 12-day holiday travel period. Because of the volume of travelers flying through Lambert and airports across the country, passengers are urged to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their flights, especially if they’re checking luggage or traveling internationally.
The biggest single travel day of the holiday weekend for Lambert is projected to be the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 30), which typically surpasses 20,000 departing passengers. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 26, is projected to be the second busiest day in this travel period. Load factors on both of those days are at or near 100 percent for most of the airlines operating at Lambert. This means there will be few to no vacant seats on those flights. The two lightest travel days during the week are Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and Friday, November 28.
Lambert, TSA and Airline officials offer a number of travel tips to make it easier for passengers during the busy travel season.
  • Arrive 2 hours ahead of a scheduled flight, especially if checking-in luggage or flying internationally.
  • TSA Pre-Check™ is available at all checkpoints with participating airlines.
  • Liquids must be in 3.4 ounce containers or less; put in quart size, clear, plastic zip-top bag.
  • Do NOT wrap holiday gifts.
  • Remember to retrieve all items from the checkpoint after they pass through the security scanners.
  • If picking up a passenger from Lambert Airport use one of the free cell phone lots instead of the parking garages.
  • For more information on prohibitive items, traveling with children, food and gifts, go to www.tsa.gov.