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My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers
My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is preparing for its busiest time of year by bringing back a travel favorite.

Passenger Appreciation Days returns to the airport’s Grand Hall Thursday, April 2. Airport Executive Director Brian Ryks says the celebration serves as a way to thank the community for supporting the airport.  Travelers who pass through the area can pick up free refreshments, food and freebies and enter prize drawings and contests.  The bon voyage celebration will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Saturday, April 4.

Ryks reminds travelers passing through the airport during spring break to give themselves extra time.  More passengers mean fewer parking spots and longer lines at security checkpoints. The Transportation Security Administration is urging travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their plane leaves.

TSA officials say you can streamline the screening process by wearing shoes that are easy to remove, having your ID and boarding pass reading at security checkpoints and checking the TSA’s website for items not allowed through airports.  All liquids, gels and aerosols should be 3.4 ounces or less.  The TSA recommends placing these containers in a clear, plastic one-quart zip top bag.  Additional tips:

  • Deodorant: Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz. or less, but gel or spray deodorant is.
  • Suntan & Sun Block Lotion: Lotions and aerosol spray lotions fall under the 3-1-1 procedures. Sunblock sticks do not fall under this rule.
  • Makeup: Any liquid makeup cosmetics such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation, etc. should be placed in the baggie. That goes for perfume as well. Powder makeup is fine.
  • Beverages: Wine, liquor, beer, and all of your other favorite beverages are permitted in your checked baggage. You can also bring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz. or less bottles in your carry-on bags in the 3-1-1 baggie.
  • Sporting Goods: Golf clubs, tennis rackets, baseball bats (including the mini slugger bats), cricket bats, bows and arrows, hockey sticks, scuba knives, spear guns, etc. are all prohibited from being carried onto the plane. However, you can have them checked as luggage.