Saturday, December 17, 2016

Eppley Airfield struggling to get word out on waiting lots

OMAHA, Neb.  | Omaha's Eppley Airfield has installed two official cellphone waiting lots at a combined cost of $200,000, but word about the new lots has been slow to get out to the public.

A cellphone lot is a space where people wait to receive texts or calls from arriving passengers who are ready to be picked up along the airport terminal's front drive. The lots became popular nationwide after 9/11, when cars could no longer idly wait in front of airport terminals due to security measures.

Airport police Chief Tim Conahan said many people are still using old, nearby parking lots that are considered unofficial waiting lots.

"Not as many are using the new lots," he said. "I don't know, it might be the terminology. People who don't travel a lot may not know what a cellphone lot is."
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The new lots were announced in September with other parking initiatives, including a new app that has a feature to help you find your vehicle if you return home and forget where you parked.


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