Lansing Airport Gears Up for Rose Bowl Travelers

By: WILX NEWS 10
By: WILX NEWS 10

Nicole Noll-Williams of Capital Region International Airport offers this advice for travelers. “Anybody that's traveling, come to the airport early.  I know you've been notified, to come to the airport 3 hours in advance, and we really need you to come early because it will take time getting through TSA, and come with your patience, that's for sure."

It's one of the easiest airports to get in and out of. But this weekend, Capital Region International Airport will be a zoo. On Saturday, the first Rose Bowl charter flight takes off. But most of the 3,600 passengers are set to depart on Sunday.

On Friday, Kay Fullerton of Holt, and Jane Reagan of Williamston were all decked out in green as they checked in for their first flight on the way to Pasadena. The friends made their way through the airport with ease, two days before the tour groups and big crowds arrive.
Reagan said, “It's so nice and quiet. We had three people in front of us, in line at check in."

It’s sort of a calm before the storm. Come Sunday, a storm of more than 3,000 Spartan fans are expected to line green and white barricades set up just for the occasion. Nicole Noll-Williams of Capital Region International Airport offers this advice for travelers. “Anybody that's traveling, come to the airport early. I know you've been notified, to come to the airport 3 hours in advance, and we really need you to come early because it will take time getting through TSA, and come with your patience, that's for sure."

Pack your patience, and if you can, carpool. Airport officials will rely on local police agencies to direct traffic in and out of the terminal, and parking lot. They’re also urging travelers to use the airport’s website to pre-pay for parking. Williams said, “Keep your receipts, leave it in your car, so when you return, it'll be a fast process getting out of the airport parking lot."

The normally quiet airport, is about to get a burst of Spartan spirit, like it hasn’t seen since the last time the Spartans traveled to the Rose Bowl. Says Reagan, “It's kind of hard to hold in my excitement, but I’m trying. My pom poms are in my suitcase, as is my new megaphone that I got for Christmas."

Airport officials ask all passengers to come prepared and ready to move through security. That means follow the 3-1-1 rule for liquids, and get ready to take off your shoes and belts.


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