LAX protest could affect holiday travelers Tuesday

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Angelenos should think twice before traveling Tuesday night. A planned labor protest at Los Angeles International Airport tomorrow could cause travel trouble for anyone leaving town this Thanksgiving.

Across the nation on Tuesday, caterers with LSG Sky Chefs and its subsidiary Gate Gourmet, which contracts with American Airlines and other carriers, will stage protests calling for higher wages and improved health-care options.

Protesters plan to gather at 5 p.m. at 98th Street and Airport Boulevard, and other airport workers will stage demonstrations at LAX terminals. The two groups will then meet for a program at Century and Sepulveda boulevards.

According to the Unite Here union, the event could be the largest demonstration of workers at U.S. airports in years, with hundreds possibly taking part at LAX.

Heath Montgomery, a spokesman for LAX, said the airport is working closely with its Airport Police Department as well as the Los Angeles Police Department to monitor the situation and prevent major delays for travelers.

“Of course, we’re very concerned at the start of the holiday season,” Montgomery said. “We’re expecting this to be a record travel season. Tuesday and Wednesday are going to be the busiest days with some 240,000 people trying to move in and out of the facility. To have a disruption is certainly concerning.”

Montgomery said people traveling between noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday should be aware that the labor demonstration could cause some disruptions and possible temporary street closures.

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