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Travel Alert: Arrive Early & Travel Smart

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

The TSA, airlines and airport staff continue to remind all travelers to arrive at least 1.5 hours early for domestic flights and 2 hours early for international flights. See the following for additional ways to Arrive Early & Travel Smart:

The Five Most Common Mistakes People Make at the TSA Security Checkpoint: 

1. Arriving late to the airport.

2. Bringing overstuffed carry-ons.

3. Liquids and gels are more than 3.4 ounces and not in a single clear quart-sized bag.

4. Not removing the items the TSA officer tells you to remove (belt, watch, hoodie …)

5. Not having the proper ID or having an expired ID.

Five Tips to Get Screened Faster: 

1. Shed Your Shoes.  Place them in the bin.  Slip-ons make this process easy. Ages 12 and under and 75 or older do not need to remove their shoes.

2. Your Bling Makes it Ding.  Remove all jewelry, watches and belts to avoid setting off the alarms.  Place those items in your carry-on bag so you don’t forget to pick them up.  Avoid wearing clothing with studs or other “bling.”  

3. 3 Is the Magic Number.  Make sure all your liquids and gels are 3.4 ounces or less and in a clear quart-sized bag.  Place the bag in a bin.

4. Lose Those Layers.  Remove your outerwear which includes sports coats, jackets, hoodies and scarves. 

5. Check Your Tech.  Remove all laptops and large electronics from your carry-on luggage and place in a separate bin.  Cell phones, readers and small tablets can stay in your bag. 


All Rental Customers: Car Rental Center NOW OPEN!

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

The new Will Rogers World Airport Car Rental Center is NOW OPEN, located just north of the terminal at 5201 S. Meridian Avenue.  Nine companies have opened operations to the public today (Wednesday, March 2).

Rental car customers are being transported to and from the airport terminal by our new, 35-foot CNG-powered buses. From the terminal, customers can find the shuttle bus on the outside lane of our transportation plaza. Just follow the signs leading from the baggage level. 

The new facility more than doubles the number of ready-return car rental spaces, meeting travelers growing demand for airport rental car services.

The facility includes a 19,000 square-foot customer service building, enhanced pick-up areas for loyalty patrons, an inner loop providing easier ingress and egress for customers, and four quick-turn-around areas for fueling, car wash and maintenance.  


Where can I get enrolled in TSA Pre✓®?

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

Visit our Current Event page to learn more about the Year-Round TSA Pre✓® Application Center in #OKC. 


FAQ: REAL ID Extension

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

WRWA staff has received a lot of questions recently regarding the REAL ID Act.  Oklahoma travelers want to know if they can use their Oklahoma driver’s license as identification when they fly.  On October 14, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the State of Oklahoma has received a one year extension on meeting the requirements of the REAL ID Act. Governor Mary Fallin's office and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that the extension will run through October 10, 2016. With the announcement of the extension, flyers will be able to use their Oklahoma driver’s license for at least one more year.

Over the last several months, Oklahoma travelers have been concerned that they would have to secure a passport to use as identification to fly.  The issue is related to the fact that the state of Oklahoma is currently not compliant with the REAL ID Act. The governor and several Oklahoma state legislators have stated that they will work in this legislative session with DPS and DHS to find a permanent solution.  

More information about the REAL ID enforcement can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website. You can also visit the DHS Rumor Control page for updates.



Airlines Prohibit Hoverboards

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

Hoverboards prohibited on all commercial carriers operating at WRWA. Effective immediately, hoverboards are no longer allowed on any commercial flights operating out of WRWA. The instability of the lithium batteries and potential fire hazard have created safety concerns for aircraft.  The mobility recreation devices have become one of the most popular gift items for Christmas this year. The devices cannot be checked or carried on any commercial flight that operates here at Will Rogers World Airport. This decision is not limited to Will Rogers World Airport. If you travel and receive a hoverboard as a gift while on your trip, you will be required to ship the item back to yourself or find some other means of getting the hoverboard home.  If you have questions or comments regarding hoverboards, please contact your airline. The airlines operating commercially at WRWA include: Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Southwest and United.


Flight Tracking Features on flyokc.com

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

For years, the Trak-A-Flight tool on flyokc.com Flight Tracker has given travelers, friends and families the ability to monitor the status of a flight without the inconvenience of standing in front of an information monitor. By entering an airline name and flight number, a user can see the location of a flight – in the air, arriving or still at its original destination. Now two new features added to flyokc.com Flight Tracker are making it even easier to keep tabs on a flight.

First is the Airport Delays tool. Tailored specifically to show airports served from Will Rogers World Airport (WRWA), this new tool shows a green status for an airport with minimal delays. Yellow or red are shown when delays are more severe. The severity of the delays will differ from airport to airport. If a yellow or red status is shown, users can gather more specific information by following the social media accounts and by visiting the websites of those airports.

Second, sometimes it helps just to see the location of a plane and whether or not it is en route to its destination. Trak-A-Flight can provide the location of one plane, but the new Air Traffic tool shows the locations for all planes currently arriving and departing WRWA. In addition, rain and snow conditions are included giving users a helpful picture of their flight’s status.

These new tools, along with Trak-A-Flight, make it easy to follow the status of flights at WRWA. This is especially helpful during the winter season when wintry weather can snarl airline schedules across the U.S. Whether taking a flight or picking up friends and family, let flyokc.com Flight Tracker keep you informed.