Kids Eat Free at DFW International Airport December 20-21

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- DFW InternationalAirport will distribute more than $10,000 in "DFW Bucks" on December 20 and 21to encourage families to check in during off-peak times to avoid the Christmascheckpoint crunch, offering children 12 and under a coupon to eat free at anyof the restaurants in the Airport's five terminals.

Airport Ambassadors will distribute 2,000 of the $5 value coupons fromnoon to 2:00 PM on both of these busy 'getaway' days at all 18 checkpoints toencourage families to go through security during this time period and moreeasily navigate the holiday rush.

"All of us at DFW work very hard to make our security checkpoints amongthe fastest in the country, with average wait times of less than 10 minutes,"said Jim Crites , executive vice president of operations at DFW. "We know itcan be challenging traveling with children during the holidays so we want tolet families know the best time for going through security while providingthem with a little holiday treat."

DFW's "Kids Eat Free" event is being held as part of a TransportationSecurity Administration (TSA) pilot program to encourage families travelingwith children to arrive at the airport during off-peak hours.

The TSA frequently uses DFW as a model and testing site for innovativeways to speed security lines. When the Airport identified and implementedenhancements to the checkpoints that allow passengers to more easily getcarry-on items ready for screening, checkpoint 'throughput' was increased bymore than 30% and wait times were reduced by more than 40%. DFW has also beenrecognized as one of the most family-friendly airports in the country.

DFW concessionaires are supporting the innovative "Kids Eat Free"promotion as another way to enhance the passenger experience during theholidays.

Storytellers, face painters and balloon artists will also be on hand toentertain during the two days of the promotion, and the Airport's volunteer"Holiday Helper" team will also be monitoring security lines and assistingfamilies as needed.

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