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Protest expected to snarl LAX traffic the day before Thanksgiving

The Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport. Traffic at the airport is expected to be disrupted by a huge labor demonstration the day before Thanksgiving.
Passengers departing Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday are being warned to expect significant delays because of a huge labor march expected to snarl traffic along Century Boulevard and adjacent streets.

People are being advised to arrive at terminals two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday evening. 

The day before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest of the year at LAX.

Police said the labor demonstration by the Service Employees Union is expected to last from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Passengers arriving during this five-hour period are advised to add an additional 90 minutes to their planned drive time," the LAPD said in a statement.

The union, which represents LAX workers, said in a statement that an airport contractor is violating the city's living wage ordinance and has eliminated affordable healthcare for more than 400 workers.

Union supporters said they were expecting more than 1,000 protesters.

The protest is expected to clog airport entrances on westbound Century Boulevard and northbound Sepulveda Boulevard north of the Sepulveda Tunnel. 

People can check the city's Department of Transportation website for real-time LAX traffic updates.


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Photo: The Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport in November 2010. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times






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