Airport officials claim that travelers this Thanksgiving holiday travel period will experience improved passenger conveniences and services compared to last year at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) — the City of Los Angeles agency that operates LAX and three other city airports — continues to work with airlines and other government agencies to ensure safety, LAX officials say.

Airport officials say holiday passenger volume from Friday, November 18th, through Monday, November 28th, is expected to match last year’s level of 1.8 million passengers at LAX.

LAX officials say that passenger volumes are flat this year compared with last year because of higher airfares and airlines trimming flight schedules due to high fuel costs.

Airport officials recommend passengers departing LAX during daily peak travel periods of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 7 to 10 p.m. be in the ticketing lobbies of their airlines two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights.

The busiest days of the holiday period are expected to be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving morning, and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Airlines forecast passenger load factors approaching 100 percent on most flights during the holiday period.

Before arriving at LAX, airport officials said passengers should remember to:

n not pack or bring prohibited items to LAX, especially those that resemble any type of weapon;

n leave gifts or large boxes unwrapped for inspection;

n save time at check-in by obtaining boarding passes electronically from airline Internet Web sites, especially if traveling with carry-on bags only; and

n eliminate the hassles of driving and parking at the airport by taking shared-ride alternative transportation.

While at the airport, travelers should remember to:

n place all metals such as jewelry, loose change, keys, mobile phones, pagers, and personal digital assistants inside carry-on bags to go through passenger screening checkpoints faster;

n not agree to watch luggage or personal belongings of strangers;

n watch personal belongings at all times; and

n pick up all personal items placed in bins during passenger security screening.

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