Monday is shaping up to be the busiest travel day at LAX this year as thousands head home from the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Nearly 167,000 people are expected to pass through the airport on Monday, according to airport officials who examined airline ticket sales. Between the 18th and the 28th of November nearly 2 million people will have used the airport, according to airport officials.
Peak crowd times will be between 6-9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 7-10 p.m., airport officials warned.
Security lines will be long but parents traveling with children will have a slightly easier time getting through. The TSA says they have reduced the number of pat-downs for kids 12 and under and kids will be able to leave their shoes on.
Outside the airport, LAX police will be actively enforcing loading and unloading zones, keeping drivers from lingering too long. They will also be passing out maps with helpful information on alternative parking and waiting options.
Traffic on LAX roadways and surface roads into the airport was light as 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Aircraft arriving from JFK and San Francisco were experiencing delays due to weather, according to LAX airport officials.
About 565 daily flights depart LAX to 81 cities in the U.S., and every week about 1,000 flights operated by 75 international airlines depart as well.
Total LAX travel numbers are up 16 percent over the recession-depressed figures of last year, but are still below historic levels before the al Qaeda attacks of 10 years ago.