How Oklahoma City’s airport is preparing for travel season

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OKLAHOMA CITY - It's anticipated to be the biggest travel season for flyers ever.

So, how is Oklahoma City's airport preparing?

"We've been saving our budgets of overtime hours, so the officers can get some overtime. Make sure we have the staffing on hand, so that we can maximize the number of lanes we have open," said Steve Crawford, Federal Security Director for Oklahoma.

Six lanes will be open during the highest peak hours.

Kim Wagner with the Transportation Security Administration said the main culprits holding up travelers at TSA checkpoints are jewelry and belts not taken off and liquids not being put into zip-lock bags.

"So, before you go to that machine, you want you to have everything out of your pockets, including paper, including coins," Wagner said. "Make sure you have off all your cell phones. Your belt needs to come off."

Even having your feet slightly off the mark can trigger the detector.

"I usually have the wrong shoes on, so I always have to deal with that," said traveler Belinda Ruffel.

Even taking off your shoes can be a headache.

"Oh yeah, that bothers me and the belt and everything else. Yeah, that's kind of extreme, but they have to keep us safe," said traveler Steve Hill.

Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff to summer travel season.

Officials recommend getting to the airport 90 minutes early for domestic flights and two hours early for international travel.

"We encourage passengers to get out here so they can get parked, get through the line at the ticket counter and get checked in," Crawford said. "All of that has to happen before they get down to the screening checkpoints."

The Oklahoma City airport doesn't expect the crowds to be as large as other big cities.

That's partly due to the decline in the energy industry.

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