December 20, 2005
The countdown to Christmas has many rushing home for the holidays. And at Augusta Regional Airport, today is one of the busiest travel days of the year. News 12 is on your side with a look at some changes that could affect your travel.
Today is busy over at Augusta Regional. But Friday will be packed, too, as Christmas falls on Sunday this season.
Five large trucks carrying tons of luggage for several buses of soldiers. Three-hundred arrive from Fort Gordon just before noon for outbound flights home. Another four-hundred are heading home later in the day.
“Today is our busiest travel day of the season because we have Fort Gordon exodus so we start earlier today than we do at any other time,” Diane Johnston, Augusta Regional Airport.
And starting Thursday, you’ll need to plan for new security measures at airports across America. The Transportation Security Administration will now allow small tools and scissors aboard, but will conduct more random searches.
“TSA found that they were spending so much time screening for that type of thing, costing them a lot of time when they could be screening for actual terrorist-type items,” Johnston said.
The troops came prepared with ID’s ready to go through security and head home. And for hundreds of other fliers, getting used to the new security procedures might take some time.
“We’re a smaller airport so you won’t see the crowds, the hundreds of thousands of people at Atlanta-Hartsfield, so it’s a lot less stress here,” Johnston said.
Augusta Regional Airport still recommends getting there at least an hour before your flight.
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