San Francisco’s top law enforcement officials will join thousands of travelers at San Francisco International Airport this afternoon, but they won’t be leaving town.

District Attorney Kamala Harris and Police Chief George Gascon will be reminding arriving and departing travelers to keep safety in mind over the holidays.

The pair will be handing out information from a table set up at the north end of the international terminal, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Erica Terry Derryck said.
Harris will focus on issues like identity theft, while Gascon will provide general safety tips, according to their offices.

This is the first time either has made a holiday trip to SFO for this purpose, Derryck said. Then again, it’s also Gascon’s first holiday season as San Francisco police chief.

“It’s good for folks to hear the message again this time of year,” Derryck said. “People are in a good mood and tend to let their guard down.”

Gascon and Harris will be at their table beginning at about 2:30 p.m. and should have no trouble finding people to speak with at the airport; spokesman Mike McCarron said the airport expects to see 123,000 passengers today, up 2 percent from last year.

AAA Northern California is predicting that air travel over Christmas and New Years in the state will increase by 9 percent compared to 2008.

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