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Keeping holiday travelers moving

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Tampa International Airport is making some changes right in time for the peak holiday travel weekend.

Drivers picking up passengers in the red or blue arrival lanes will no longer be allowed to park and wait for their traveler. The strict "active-load only" policy is permanent.

"With an increase in traffic, we can't have just two or three lanes of cars piled up. It's a safety issue when people who are trying to load their bags are weaving through a couple of lanes of parked cars," said Christine Osborn of Tampa International Airport.

Traffic control officers are cracking down on the new rule, in hopes of keeping cars moving during peak travel times this weekend.

Drivers can circle around the airport while they wait for their passenger, or TIA is suggesting some less hectic holiday options. Drivers can wait in the short term parking garage for up to an hour at no charge, or they can wait in the free cell phone lot, complete with live flight status updates and free wifi.

Tampa International is also making another change in time for the holidays. They're allowing one to two food trucks to open operations in the cell phone lot on Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

"It's just an added incentive, a little customer service that we're trying out right now to see how popular it might be," Osborn said Thursday.

The food trucks will be allowed to operate in the cell phone lot for the next 30 days. After that, TIA will determine whether to allow vendors to offer their services permanently.

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