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MAR
27
2015

Measles Information

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed the first case of measles in the State of Oklahoma since 1997. The patient was a passenger on a United Airlines Flight from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday, March 12th.  The flight arrived at WRWA at 9:30 p.m. and the passenger then went to United baggage claim area six. 

Additional information regarding the flight, specifically passenger information, will not be released to the airport.  The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working directly with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to contact any passengers on the aircraft who have potentially been exposed. 

Because the measles virus is spread by droplets in the air and can linger for a short time, we want to advise travelers and visitors that were in the terminal building on Thursday, March 12 from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. that there was a potential for exposure to the measles.  Even though the air in the terminal building is replaced with fresh air six to eight times per hour, we want to exercise caution with this disease.

Will Rogers World Airport is reaching out to all employees who were working at the time of the possible exposure.  Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD) clinicians will give free Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations to impacted WRWA employees at the airport this Sunday at 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. OCCHD’s Clinical Services will also be offering free limited MMR vaccinations to the public at the NE 23rd & Kelley clinic on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Persons who have been properly vaccinated or were born before 1957, are not at risk.  Persons who have not been properly vaccinated have a greater risk of contracting the disease.

Symptoms of measles commonly appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected, but can appear as far as 18 days after infection.  The initial exposure was March 12, so there is potential for a person to show symptoms through March 30.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Begins with moderate fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat
  • 3-5 days later a rash appears that starts at the hairline then spreads through the rest of the body
  • When rash appears, the fever may go as high as 103-105 degrees

If a person should display symptoms, they should contact their doctor or the Oklahoma City- County Health Department BEFORE going to the office or clinic. They should advise the doctor that they have been exposed to the measles.

If you have questions or need to report a case of measles, you can contact the Oklahoma City-County Health Department at 405-425-4495.

More information about measles can be found at http://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/Measles.2015.pdf

Information about immunization can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination.html.

MAR
9
2015

Get Ready to Fly! 12 Tips for Smooth Trips.

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

12 Tips for Smooth Trips:

Before Coming to the Airport: 
• Perform your own baggage screening.  Packing or carrying prohibited items will certainly hold you (and everyone behind you) up. Once you complete packing at home, take time to look at the contents of all your bags. Know what you can check and what you can carry on.  Make sure the liquids and gels in your carry-on comply with TSA’s 3-1-1 rule (liquids and gels must be three ounces or less, all contained in one, clear Ziploc bag, one bag per traveler). Firearms are not allowed through the checkpoint, but can be checked per airline procedures. Check out the TSA’s website (tsa.gov) or download the My TSA app for a comprehensive list of prohibited items along with other great tips.

• Keep your carry-on bag light.  To avoid checked baggage fees, some flyers try to pack everything in their carry-on bag.  Unless you are well practiced in packing orderly and efficiently (think:  flight attendant, road warrior) it might save headaches to go ahead and check a bag.  Over-packed bags can cause delays at the checkpoint.  Plus, you will need to lift that bag into the overhead bin and haul it with you at your connecting airports which can be tiresome if your flight is delayed or you have gate changes.  Use your carry-on for what it was intended: essential and immediate-need items.   Remember, you are only allowed one carry-on and one personal item when you board the aircraft.

• Carry On Essentials. Items such as medications, important documents, and valuables should always be carried with you.  Checked luggage is handled by many people in many different airports.  If you have valuables larger than what you can carry on, you may want to consider shipping them in advance through the USPS or a package delivery company.  That will give you the option to insure the items and to track them.  It is also a good idea to carry a few toiletries (the 3-1-1 rule applies) just in case your flight is delayed.

• Make sure you have proper identification and that the name on your ID matches your boarding pass.  Check to make sure you have your driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID in the wallet or purse you are taking to the airport.  Next, make sure it is not expired.  If you are traveling out of the country you will need a passport; this includes Canada and Mexico.  Children under 18 do not require identification unless traveling internationally.

At the Airport:
• Arrive at the airport an hour and a half (1.5 hours) before your flight departs. Seriously. The airlines report that the main reason people miss flights at WRWA is because they are not allowing enough time, particularly for the early morning departures.  Yes, sometimes it takes only 30 minutes, but often it takes more time.  If you miss your flight, getting rebooked could be difficult and most likely will cut into your hard-earned vacation time. 

• Know where to Park. There are several parking options at WRWA.  Save time and stress by knowing where you are going to park in advance and what your alternative location will be if a lot is full.  A map and pricing schedule is available at flyokc.com under Parking and Transportation.

• Be ready for the checkpoint.  Since you already checked your bag at home for prohibited items and your liquids and gels comply with the 3-1-1 rule, you should be able to pass through the checkpoint with relative ease.  Just make sure to remove laptops from their bags and place in a bin, then place your Ziploc bag, shoes, jackets and sweaters in a separate bin.

• TSA Pre✓ (Pre-Check) is a program that allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.  Travelers with Pre✓on their boarding pass will be directed to a special screening lane.  You can sign up for Pre✓ through the TSA website tsa.gov.  You may also be randomly selected for Pre✓when you print your boarding pass.  If your traveling companions are not Pre✓cleared, they will not be able to go through the Pre✓line with you. 

On the Plane:
• BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket.  Many airlines do not provide blankets anymore, and if they do, they may have been used by others that day.  Travel blankets are inexpensive and compact and most discount stores carry them.

• BYOE – Bring Your Own Entertainment.  Books, games, mobile devices, all things that will keep you and your kids entertained during the flight.  Don’t forget the earrbuds. Your seatmates will be appreciative.

• Stay hydrated.  The cabin of the plane is not humidified, so to prevent that parched, dry feeling, drink plenty of water.

• Follow the instructions from your flight attendant.  If you are asked to turn off your electronic devices, the plane will not leave until you turn them off.  Don’t be that person who makes the flight attendant ask you five times, just do it.

JAN
15
2015

FAQ: Do I have the right ID to fly?

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

For domestic travel in 2015, one government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, is sufficient. Children under 18 do not require a photo ID. For international travel, you will need a U.S. passport. For a complete list of acceptable identifications go to: TSA Acceptable ID page

In 2016, this may change when enforcement of the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005, related to boarding domestic aircraft, takes effect. Details about REAL ID can be found here.

Oklahoma is one of several states that has not yet complied with REAL ID. If this is still the case in 2016, travelers planning to fly commercially in the United States with a State of Oklahoma issued license may need to obtain another acceptable type of federal identification. In most cases, this will be a valid U.S. passport.

If you have further questions, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security REAL ID page.

WRWA FAQ page

JAN
6
2015

New Flight Tracker Features on flyokc.com

By: Oklahoma City Dept. of Airports

For years, the Trak-A-Flight tool on flyokc.com Flight Tracker has given travelers, friends and families the ability to monitor the status of a flight without the inconvenience of standing in front of an information monitor. By entering an airline name and flight number, a user can see the location of a flight – in the air, arriving or still at its original destination. Now two new features added to flyokc.com Flight Tracker are making it even easier to keep tabs on a flight.

First is the Airport Delays tool. Tailored specifically to show airports served from Will Rogers World Airport (WRWA), this new tool shows a green status for an airport with minimal delays. Yellow or red are shown when delays are more severe. The severity of the delays will differ from airport to airport. If a yellow or red status is shown, users can gather more specific information by following the social media accounts and by visiting the websites of those airports.

Second, sometimes it helps just to see the location of a plane and whether or not it is en route to its destination. Trak-A-Flight can provide the location of one plane, but the new Air Traffic tool shows the locations for all planes currently arriving and departing WRWA. In addition, rain and snow conditions are included giving users a helpful picture of their flight’s status.

These new tools, along with Trak-A-Flight, make it easy to follow the status of flights at WRWA. This is especially helpful during the winter season when wintry weather can snarl airline schedules across the U.S. Whether taking a flight or picking up friends and family, let flyokc.com Flight Tracker keep you informed.