Holiday travel at LAX expected to increase from last year

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A plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – More than 823,500 travelers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport over the Fourth of July holiday period, a 6 percent jump over last year, airport officials said today.

Passengers should budget extra time for busy terminals and crowded flights, mostly for destinations within the United States, between Thursday and Sunday, said Nancy Sue Castles of Los Angeles World Airports.

And don’t even think about trying to pack any fireworks. Airport officials noted that fireworks are considered an explosive hazard and could cause flight delays while authorities search through checked luggage and personal belongings.

“Passengers who try to bring fireworks checked in their luggage or on board in their personal belongings should expect to be delayed at passenger screening. Those items will be confiscated, and it could lead to delays in which the passengers might miss their flights,” Castles told Video News West.

Passengers are encouraged to reduce traffic congestion by taking public transportation, including FlyAway buses from Van Nuys, Union Station, Expo/La Brea and Westwood, the Metro Rail Green Line, taxis, buses or shuttle vans.

Los Angeles Airport Police officers will be out in force at LAX to keep traffic moving, according to airport officials.

For real-time LAX traffic and road closure closures, visit www.LAXisHappening.com.

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