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Security increased as thousands travel through St. Louis airport

Many in Mid-Missouri are likely using St. Louis’ Lambert International Airport for holiday travel this year.

The airport is expecting 60,000 people to depart from St. Louis in the coming days despite a travel alert over terrorist threats.

ABC 17 News went to Lambert Airport on Wednesday morning to see if security was upgraded for the busy day.

“The TSA and airlines are suggesting to arrive around 2 hours before your flight, just to make sure you’ve got enough time to get through the check-in process, TSA, then to your gate on time,” said airport spokeswoman Kristen Heard.

Heard said they expect 20,000 people on Thanksgiving, and another 23,000 leaving on Sunday.

There are specific changes in St. Louis as far as security, Heard said.

“There are some the public will see, and some that they will not see,” said Heard.

She also mentioned if you are bringing any gifts keep them unwrapped to make the screening process easier for them.

“If you do have any gifts, just wrap them when you arrive at your destination.”

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