If you are traveling through Louisville International Airport this Derby season, below is some helpful information.
The first Saturday in May is one of the most exciting times for the city and Louisville International kicks-off the festivities as soon as passengers step off the plane. On Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, arriving passengers will be welcomed by live music and greeters offering adult guests complimentary Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Balls in the terminal’s airside rotunda.
And as travelers claim their baggage, they are treated to a bugler’s “Call to the Post,” which heralds the arrival of horses on the racetrack for their race.
Liquor is Liquid
Many guests purchase souvenir bottles of bourbon as mementoes of their exciting weekend. Please remember that “liquor is liquid” and should be stored in checked baggage. Also, keep the 3-1-1 rule in mind for carrying liquids, gels or aerosols (i.e. lotions, creams, pastes, etc.) through the security checkpoint. Each traveler may bring 3.4 ounces (at most) of liquid, gels or aerosols in one quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag through the TSA Security checkpoint. To confirm any item’s carry-on status, use the “When I Fly, Can I Bring My…” search tool at www.tsa.gov. Remember, liquids in a container larger than 3.4 ounces must be placed in checked baggage.
To help ensure that souvenirs such as bottles of bourbon, Kentucky Oaks or Derby glasses and other special items make it home safely, the Louisville International Airport will offer complimentary bubble-wrap services on Sunday, May 6. Beginning at 4 a.m., volunteer Airport Ambassadors will staff bubble-wrap stations near the airlines’ ticket counters on each side of the terminal and wrap any fragile items for passengers to place in checked luggage.
With an increase in Derby travelers expected on Sunday, May 6, be sure to arrive two hours prior to scheduled departure— particularly during peak departure times. At Louisville International Airport, those peak periods are daily from 6 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. For travelers’ convenience, the TSA security checkpoint at Louisville International is open daily from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For additional TSA information, visit www.tsa.gov.