BWI Digest

BWI DIGEST

March 24, 2003

Using BWI? Plan ahead and arrive early

Officials at Baltimore-Washington International Airport are advising travelers to plan ahead when traveling.

Travelers should contact their airlines to check on the status of flights or to change plans before arriving at the airport. Passengers should check in 90 minutes before domestic flights and two hours before international flights.

Travelers should be aware of the increased police presence, police-dog patrols and vehicle inspections. They should also remember to avoid leaving luggage and bags unattended in the airport terminal. No vehicles may be left unattended on airport roadways, which are available only for immediate traveler pickup and drop-off. Parking facilities are open and are served by free shuttles to the terminal.

Suspicious activity should be reported to airport police in the terminal building or to Maryland's terrorism tip line: 800- 492-TIPS.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration offers travel tips at www.tsatraveltips. us. Problems with security or any comments can be reported to the administration's Consumer Response Center at 866- 289-9673, or e-mail telltsa@tsa. dot.gov.

Direct service to Ireland is to start Sunday

Beginning Sunday, Aer Lingus, the national air carrier of Ireland, will begin offering direct service between BWI and Shannon.

The direct service to Shannon, with continuing service to Dublin, will operate daily except Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart from BWI at 8:10 p.m., arrive in Shannon at 7:45 a.m. the next day and land in Dublin at 9:15 a.m. Returning flights will leave Dublin at 1:30 p.m., arrive in Shannon at 2:15 p.m. and land at BWI by 5:55 p.m.

Aer Lingus Executive Vice President Jack Foley will be on hand to welcome passengers on the evening of the airline's opening day.

Information: www.aerlingus. com.

Coins, old monetary notes sought to aid children

Travelers can donate unwanted coins and old monetary notes to the worldwide United Nations Children's Fund "Change for Good" campaign, using BWI's Travelex Money Exchange. Travelex and UNICEF have joined to support children's health, education and protection programs around the world.

The conversion to the Euro currency by 12 European countries created an opportunity for UNICEF to raise funds for the program by allowing it to convert old coins and monetary notes into funding for children.

People may donate coins or notes at BWI's Travelex locations in the domestic and international area of the airport.

Information: www.unicef.org.

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