The University Record, January 14, 2002

Sessions to help U-M air travelers

By NoŽl Rozny

As with the rest of the nation, the events of September 11 changed the way U-M faculty, administrators and visitors travel while doing University business. Soon, changes at Detroit Metropolitan airport will affect them as well. In addition to recent increases in security, a new terminal is expected to enhance comfort and minimize delays for faculty and staff flying out of Detroit Metro. To familiarize University employees with the changes at the airport, an information session will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Mendelssohn Theater.

The session aims to introduce University staff to the new safety regulations. After discussing safety issues, the session will focus on the new McNamara (midfield) terminal, which Jayna Bajorek, an accounting supervisor for Procurement and Accounts Payable, describes as “world class.” The mile-long terminal is located approximately 20 minutes southwest of the existing terminal, and contains an Automated People Mover which will transport passengers quickly from one end of the terminal to the other.

The new terminal will provide other innovative services, notes Bajorek, such as a state-of-the-art communications and security system, moving walkways, a centralized luggage system and increased retail space.

A film will be shown at the session, and representatives from Northwest Airlines and Detroit Metropolitan Airport will be on hand to discuss issues such as checking in, parking, security, customs, restaurants and how to get around. Following the presentation, a microphone will be passed around to audience members for questions. No registration is necessary. Those unable to attend can visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~purch/traveloffice after the event.