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: FEATURE ARTICLE :

‘100 days of summer’ under way
By Staff Writers

Hartsfield-Jackson held a news conference on May 25 in the Atrium to discuss the busiest travel season of the year (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and share estimated passenger numbers with the media.

“Our expanded security lanes are fast, our new retail concessions are open for business, and our parking is plentiful,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller.

Miller said the Airport was expecting 1.6 million people to pass through from May 26 to May 31 — nearly 5 percent more than in 2010. During the entire peak travel season, the Airport expects about 3 percent more travelers than during that period last year.

Mary Leftridge Byrd, federal security director with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), reminded travelers to adhere to the 3-1-1 rule for liquid carry-ons to ease their transition through security screening during busy travel times.

Here are some helpful tips from the Airport and the TSA to make summer travel easier.

Arrive at the Airport early.

  • Plan to arrive 90 minutes before domestic flights and two hours before international flights.

  • Expect average wait times at the security screening checkpoints of less than 10 minutes during off-peak times and no more than 20 minutes during peak times.

  • Check security wait times online at www.atlanta-airport.com, or register for Trak-a-Line to receive real-time wait times via e-mail or to your mobile device.

  • Sign up for Trak-a-Flight, the Airport’s free service that delivers updated flight information to e-mail accounts, PDAs or mobile devices.

Save time by parking at the Airport.

  • Hartsfield-Jackson offers ample, convenient parking, with more than 30,000 on-site parking spaces in the hourly, economy, daily, Gold and Park-Ride lots. The lots are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • More than 8,000 on-site Park-Ride spaces offer additional convenience and accessibility. They also are a bargain at just $9 per day.

  • There are more than 40 express-pay stations inside the terminal and throughout the on-site parking decks that allow travelers to pay for parking in cash or by credit card before returning to their vehicles.

  • Call 1-877-ATL-PARK or go online at www.atlanta-airport.com for updates on parking availability in all lots.

Be prepared.

  • Avoid wearing anything metal that will set off security sensors.

  • The TSA asks travelers to follow the 3-1-1 rule for carry-on baggage: 3-ounce bottles or less (by volume); one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; and one bag per passenger placed in the screening bin.

  • Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

  • Be careful on the escalators if children are wearing Crocs or flip-flops.

Shop, dine and explore.

  • Hartsfield-Jackson recently completed the opening of 80 new shops, which offer many options for last-minute purchases.

  • Find summertime needs ─ including sunscreen and books for the beach ─ at multiple stores.

  • Grab a bite to eat! Dining choices are extensive, with more than 100 restaurants and food and beverage outlets.

  • Explore what Atlanta and Georgia have to offer by visiting Georgia-themed stores, including Piedmont Park TravelMart, Zoo Atlanta’s Panda Veranda, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen and the Georgia Aquarium’s Beyond the Reef.

  • Need a technical gadget? There are several outlets throughout the Airport.

Relax.

  • If there is time for a little pampering before or after a flight, head to XpresSpa, a full-service spa on concourses A and C.

  • Minute Suites on Concourse B offers passengers private rooms to nap, relax or work.

  • Hartsfield-Jackson’s compelling art program features nearly 250 eclectic, internationally focused pieces on display throughout the facility.

Aviation General Manager Louis Miller shares travel tips for the summer travel season. Mary Leftridge Byrd, federal security director with the Transportation Security Administration, also spoke about ways to streamline the security screening process.

Aviation General Manager Louis Miller shares travel tips for the summer travel season. Mary Leftridge Byrd, federal security director with the Transportation Security Administration, also spoke about ways to streamline the security screening process.



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