Lines, check points at Robins AFB air show

Thunder Over Georgia Air Show entry

Since the last air show in 2012, a lot of changes have been made. For the estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, there is more security, more parking, and even more buses going to and from the base.

Our Madison Cavalchire ditched her media parking pass, and got in line to find out what you need to know if you're headed to the show on Sunday.

She left the news station at 8:00 a.m. to head to her first air show.

There are three different, off-base parking lots -- there are two (north and south) at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and one at Anchor Glass..

She got in line at about 9:00 a.m. and reached the security checkpoint around 9:30 a.m. Security included metal detecting wands and bag checks.

After getting through security, she got in another line to wait for one of the 110 buses to bring her on-base -- that's about 60 more buses than they had in 2012.

At this point, she had been waiting for about 30 minutes. Most of the people she spoke to in line said, they had been waiting anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

One show-goer, Dean Johnson, said he attended the last air show in 2012, and says security wasn't as tight.

"When we came, we would just drive on the base with our personal cars, so it's changed a lot now," said Johnson.
After a total of 45 minutes, she made it on a bus. This year, the buses are color-coordinated by parking lot, so show-goers know what bus to catch on the way back. The bus ride to the base was only about ten minutes.

She made it to the base at about 10:30 a.m., just in time for the opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. While some buses are randomly searched, hers was not one of them.

She left the base at around 1:30 p.m. and was able to catch a bus back to the Anchor Glass lot in about five minutes.


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