BWI may give travelers a holiday headache

MARYLAND WATCH

November 22, 1995

Take a massive road-construction program, add time-consuming security restrictions and throw in an extra 20,000 passengers a day. That's the makings of a real mess at Baltimore-Washington International Airport over Thanksgiving.

Airport officials predict 180,000 passengers between today and Monday -- 50,000 on the peak travel days -- and a daily influx of 25,000 "meeters and greeters" -- motorists who drop off and pick up passengers.

Airport officials have added 2,000 overflow parking spaces, to a total of more than 17,000. Security restrictions, imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration on Oct. 1, have been eased; vehicle inspections no longer are required at the parking garage entrance.

But there will be no parking in front of the terminal -- even briefly -- and airlines still will ask passengers for photo identification at check-in. Take public transportation to BWI if possible, airport officials say.

Passengers arriving by car should be there 90 minutes or more before check-in time. For information on traffic conditions and parking, call (800) 468-6294 or tune in the airport-area radio network, 1040 AM.

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