New Orleans airport closed to those without tickets


Southwest is posting continuous Hurricane Gustav flight advisories at

In their latest advisory that I checked at 8 p.m. on Saturday night, they advise customers that the New Orleans airport has been closed to anyone without tickets.

Currently, only ticketed Passengers will be allowed to enter the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Any Passengers coming to the airport for a flight should have proof of a reservation. This can be a paper ticket, boarding pass, or printed itinerary. Also, please expect to encounter checkpoints as you approach the airport terminal; and allow extra time for longer than usual screening area lines.

Make any reservations and get your boarding pass or itinerary before heading to the airport.

Southwest also announced that, “Due to the storm’s projected path as well as the airport’s preparation, we will temporarily suspend our scheduled service after 530 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 31. The resumption of our operations is contingent upon the availability of airport facilities and services.”

Gustav means havoc is on the way. Get out of its path if you can.