Airports seek to ease checkpoint process

Friday, November 21, 2008 | 12:21 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The cumbersome task of getting through the airport checkpoint is getting a little easier at Lambert Airport in St. Louis and around the country.

Bill Switzer, security director of the Transportation Security Administration, was at Lambert on Friday to discuss the introduction of the family and medically exempt liquids lane.

The lane is aimed at helping families, particularly those with small children, pass through in a separate lane while more seasoned passengers can move through the regular lines. Also, people carrying liquids for medical reasons can get through the checkpoint faster by using the lane.

Use of the lanes began at selected airports earlier but is now being expanded to all airports. Airports are entering one of the busiest travel periods of the year, the period right before and after Thanksgiving.


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