Ducks flock through Eugene Airport in record numbers

Ducks flock through Eugene Airport in record numbers

EUGENE, Ore. - Airport officials expect a record-breaking number of travelers this week as Duck fans flock to Arizona.

More than 8,000 travelers will use the Eugene Airport this week, up 66 percent from the same time period last year.

"So far, so good," said Cathryn Stephens with the Eugene Airport. "We had a couple of charter flights go out, you know one or two is manageable. When we see that eight charter flights on Saturday, it's going to be a really full terminal - but it should be a lot of fun."

This Saturday is expected to be the busiest.

All regular and charter passengers traveling on Saturday, Jan. 8, with departures between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. are advised to arrive at the Eugene Airport two hours before their flight.

There will be plenty of parking available in the long-term lot as the holiday travel season has passed, Stephens said.

More travel tips:

NEW YEAR, NEW RULES

The Transportation Security Administration has installed Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines at airports across the country. The Eugene Airport does not currently have AIT machines, but expects to at some point in the future. Meantime, enhanced pat-down procedures are now being used at all airports across the country. Passengers should be sure to follow TSA screening guidance found here: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/holiday_travel.shtm. These guidelines include removing all metal from pockets, etc. before going through metal detectors.

The TSA's Secure Flight regulations now require airlines to collect a passenger's full name, date of birth, gender, and a Redress Number (if applicable). The passenger's full name should be the same as it appears on their government-issued identification.

The Transportation Security Administration frequently updates on the http://www.tsa.gov/travelers website what can and cannot be brought through security screening checkpoints.

3-1-1 RULE: The 3-1-1 rules allow:

  • 3-ounce or smaller containers of liquids,  gels, and aerosols placed in:
  • 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin

Alcohol and other liquids (more than 3-ounces) will not be allowed through the security screening checkpoint.

CHARTER CHECK-IN: Check with your travel agent, charter coordinator, or airline for information on check-in for your flight. Your initial check-in at the airport may be at a table set up in the lobby for document pick up and then on to the ticket counters.

  • If possible, check in ONLINE prior to arriving at the airport. Often ticket agents will move online check-in passengers to a different line if they still need to check bags which speed up the process.
  • Plan on arriving TWO HOURS before your scheduled flight time.
  • Be prepared to pay additional BAGGAGE FEES. Many airlines have added the fees that are collected at check in.
  • Remember your BOARDING PASS and VALID GOVERNMENT PHOTO ID. You must have these two things to enter the security checkpoint. Information on acceptable IDs can be found online.

PACK AN ORGANIZED CARRY-ON BAG USING LAYERS. A layer of clothes, then electronics, more clothes, and then any heavier items will help transportation security officers see what is in your bag. Innocent items can actually appear to be potential threats in an X-ray image, simply by the way they're packed. The Transportation Security Administration website has the most up-to-date information on security screening requirements and banned items.

DRESS THE PART. Transportation security officers have to identify any metal that is detected at the checkpoint. To make screening go faster place coins, keys, jewelry, belt buckles and other metal items in your carry-on until you pass through security. Shoes, blazers, suit coats, bulky sweaters and outer wear must be removed when going through screening; however team colors are highly encouraged!

ACT APPROPRIATELY. Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated. They will result in delays and possibly missing your flight.