Check-In Time Limit At Airport Extended

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There's good news this week for Reno-area tourism, but it's a potential headache for people flying out of the airport.

The largest single-week convention in the Reno area has airport officials advising passengers to arrive two hours early instead of the usual one hour.

About 25,000 people are in town through Thursday for the International Reading Association convention.

It's considered the world's biggest and best for innovations in books, reading software and learning aids.

Northwest, America West and Continental airlines are using larger passenger jets this week to accommodate the extra visitors. United Airlines is adding two flights Thursday and Friday, airport officials said.

Washoe and Lyon counties will close all elementary schools Thursday to free teachers to attend the convention that includes workshops with reading experts and scholars.

Washoe County is spending almost $100,000 of federal grant money to pay for each teacher's $50 entry fee, school district officials said.

"This is our only chance to have all of the best and brightest in the field of Reno come to our town," spokesman Steve Mulvenon said. "It is certainty more economical than sending all of these people out of town for conferences and workshops."

The convention, moved to Reno from Toronto last year after a Canadian SARS disease scare, has more visitors than the Safari Club International Convention that attracted 18,000 visitors in January, according to the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.