OKC airport expects crush of Sooner fans on Sunday

Thursday, December 30th 2004, 11:39 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Officials at Will Rogers World Airport are bracing for what is expected to be an airport full of Oklahoma Sooner football fans on Sunday.

Thirteen charter flights are scheduled to leave the airport that day, 11 scheduled to depart between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and the airlines report regularly scheduled flights are filled to capacity, many with fans heading to the Orange Bowl.

No. 2. OU takes on No. 1 Southern California for the BCS title on Tuesday in the Orange Bowl in Miami.

``As soon as we knew that OU was going to the Orange Bowl, we began planning for the additional traffic,'' said airport director Luther Trent.

``Every entity involved will have additional personnel and TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has added supplemental screening methods,'' he said.

``Even so, it will be a very busy Sunday morning at the airport.''

Additional Oklahoma City police officers and security guards have been added to help people with directions and vehicle traffic while the TSA is bringing in a team of dogs and additional personnel from Wichita and Lawton to help with security screening.