Stepped up security at Tulsa's International Airport

Monday, December 22nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Thousands of Oklahomans will travel by air this holiday season. And the increased terror alert will no doubt affect those travel plans.

News on 6 reporter Patrina Adger explains how folks can make the check in process a lot easier.

If you travel only once a year, around Christmas time, you'll probably notice there are a few changes, especially now with the heightened terror alert at level orange.

There's an increased number of security on the upper and lower levels at Tulsa International Airport. They're keeping their eyes and ears open for any suspicious activity.

The lines were short Monday morning, so folks were able to check in and move through quickly without any problems. But Airport spokesperson Mary Smith says don't expect it to be that way everywhere. " Passengers need to take account their experience in Tulsa may be different if they're flying to LA so they may want to check that airlines when they get to that airport."

Passenger, Esther Vaughn: "I said to my nephew we're going early so we won't have to be excited, upset or emotionally disturbed because someone asked us to do something extra."

Arrive at least an hour to 90 minutes before your departure to give yourself enough time to check-in your bags, get through the security checkpoint, and of course arrive to the gate on time.

Next, make sure you're not wearing clothing or accessories that will set off the metal alarm. You'll also want to pack smart. There's a list of things you can't carry on the plane with you like pocket knives and screwdrivers to name a few.

Lastly, don't wrap your packages, either carry them on the plane unwrapped or ship them ahead of time.

All of these tips and a list of all the prohibited items can be found at the website.

Folks need to also remember to pack your patience. These rules are in place to keep folks safe.