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Washington airports prepare for afternoon rush

Washington airports are gearing up for the late afternoon rush, just hours after successfully making it through the heavily trafficked morning departure period.

So far, Reagan National, Dulles and BWI say they haven't been hit by widespread delays related to weather, slow security screening or other hang-ups. BWI, which is expecting a big surge in travel today, said TSA agents opened checkpoints at 3:30 a.m., a half-hour earlier than usual. Many airlines at BWI also opened ticket counters earlier than normal. Now the airport is about to swing into the afternoon rush.

"It's all hands on deck," said Jonathan Dean, a BWI spokesman.

He said BWI continues to recommend that travelers arrive 90 minutes before domestic flights and two hours before international flights.

Officials at National and Dulles are urging passengers to show up two hours prior to domestic flights and three hours for international flights.

The airports also urge travelers to print boarding passes at home to speed up the check-in process.

-- Sholnn Freeman

By Michael Bolden  |  November 25, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Getaway  | Tags: Airports  
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