• It’s busy at LAX for the Fourth of July

    LAX is going to see a lot of people this holiday weekend. And leave your fireworks at home!

    LAX is going to see a lot of people this holiday weekend. And leave your fireworks at home!
    (Twitter photo by @flyLAXairport)

    Los Angeles International Airport officials are forecasting a higher traffic load for the holiday weekend at LAX in conjunction with construction, so be sure to allow extra time this weekend at one of the busiest airports in the U.S.

    Authorities expect more than 823,500 travelers to pass through the airport Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6. This is six percent higher than last year’s actual passenger total of 776,899 for a comparable four-day period, and is consistent with earlier predictions by officials that LAX will experience a record-breaking summer travel season.

    Passengers should expect busy terminals and flights as airlines report load factors of 95 percent or higher on most domestic flights, especially those of less than two hours duration.

    Airport officials emphasize that passengers should obey a ban on bringing fireworks of any kind on board an aircraft — either in checked luggage or as carry-on items. Because fireworks are fire or explosive hazards, these items could cause flight delays while authorities search through checked luggage and personal belongings. For a comprehensive list of items that are permitted and prohibited in carry-on or checked luggage, visit www.tsa.gov.

    LAX’s multi-billion-dollar modernization program is still on-going, and travelers should allow extra time to ensure they arrive at their terminals in a timely manner. Motorists and pedestrians should expect to encounter delays and traffic congestion due to traffic-lane and sidewalk restrictions resulting from construction work on roadways, parking structures, and sidewalks.

    Real-time LAX traffic and road-closure maps, traffic tips, and videos showing shortcuts can be found at the LAX website. Motorists and travelers also can receive real-time status of airport conditions by accessing @FlyLAXairport and @LAAirportPD Twitter feeds.

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