Busy Summer Travel Season Ends With Labor Day Weekend

LOS ANGELES, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — August 30, 2006 — Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) busy summer travel season concludes with the four-day Labor Day weekend. An estimated 810,000 travelers are expected to depart and arrive on flights at LAX from Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4, an increase of 4 percent over the same Labor Day weekend last year.

The year-over-year increase is largely due to record load factors and airlines adding flights to their late summer schedules. LAX airlines have added 4.2 percent more domestic flights and 1.9 percent more international flights compared with the same period last year. This is the first significant increase in flights by LAX carriers in more than a year, reflecting strong demand and the ability of the carriers to increase fares.

In the first seven months of calendar year 2006, LAX passenger traffic totaled 35,791,619, virtually unchanged from the same period last year when it totaled 35,922,827. Freight handled during the same period was 1.1 million tons, down 2.6 percent from the same period last year.

Ontario International Airport (ONT) in the Inland Empire is expecting to serve approximately 80,000 travelers over the four-day holiday weekend, about the same as last year.

In the first seven months of 2006, ONT airlines served 4,103,902 million travelers, down 1.2 percent from the same period last year. Freight totaled 293,464 tons, down 22,000 tons from last year.

With airlines forecasting passenger load factors above 90 percent, travelers are advised to allow enough time before their flights for parking, airline check-in, and passenger and checked-luggage security screening. The current guidance for LAX and ONT is to arrive two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offer the following tips for travelers:

General rules
- Shoes: Wear easy-to-remove shoes because shoe screening is now mandatory.
- Packing: Whether you carry on or not, make sure the contents of your bags
are arranged in a manner easy for TSA Officers to check. Zip-shut food
storage bags are the cheapest way to transport small items in an
easy-to-see way. Make sure caps are screwed down tight. Double-bagging
is good idea.
- Comb through purses and carry-ons for liquid and gel products, which are
- Remember: Since 9/11, passengers have been told not to lock their
luggage. Special locks are available online and at specialty stores.

Banned from carry-on luggage:
- Aerosol spray bottles and cans.
- All creams and lotions, including first-aid and rash creams and
ointments, suntan lotions and moisturizers.
- Bug sprays and repellents.
- Eyedrops and saline solutions of more than 4 ounces.
- Gel deodorants and hairstyling gels.
- Liquid hair sprays.
- Hair straightener, detangler, shampoos and conditioners.
- Lip gels, balms and glosses. (Solid lipsticks are OK.)
- Liquid bubble bath, including gel- or liquid-filled bubble bath balls,
bath oils and moisturizers.
- Liquid foundations, mascara, makeup removers and facial cleansers.
- Liquid, gel or spray perfumes and colognes.
- Liquid soaps and sanitizers.
- Mouthwash and toothpaste.
- Nail polish and removers.

Banned food and drink
- All beverages.
- Cheese in pressurized containers.
- Duty-free alcohol and other items (unless delivered by an authorized
concessionaire directly to the aircraft).
- Gelatin, pudding, whipped cream and yogurt.

Other banned items
- Gel candles.
- Gel shoe inserts.
- Lighters.

- Medications, even small amounts of liquid ones, as long as they’re in
the original container with prescription labels attached and the
prescription matches the name on the passenger’s ticket.
- Liquid or gel-type medicines, including gel-cap pills. Up to 5 ounces
of liquid or gel low-blood-sugar treatment, including juice, and up to
4 ounces of nonprescription liquid medications are permitted.
- Baby teethers with gel or liquid inside.
- Baby formula and food, breast milk and other baby items, when traveling
with an infant.
- Essential nonprescription medication, such as insulin.
- Up to 4 ounces of medicinal eye drops and saline solution. Volumes
greater than 4 ounces are permitted in checked baggage.
- Shoes constructed with gel heels must screened.

Additional information is available at the TSA website at www.tsa.gov. Information about LAX and ONT services, and Smart Travel Tips, are available at lawa.org.

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