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Tallahassee International Airport sees influx in passengers for Thanksgiving travel

Tallahassee International Airport sees influx in passengers for Thanksgiving travel
Tallahassee International Airport sees influx in passengers for Thanksgiving travel
Posted at 4:45 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 16:45:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, so if you're waiting on a family member to arrive or hitting the road yourself, be aware that you'll have lots of company. 

We were at the Tallahassee International Airport where people are catching flights out of town.  

The parking lot and the drop off area were packed with cars all Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday morning starting at 4:00 a.m. until the time we left, the airport processed over 1,500 passengers through the security checkpoint.

City leaders want to express how important it is to make sure you are taking precautions and staying safe while traveling out of town this holiday season. 

What employees at the airport want to remind people is to make sure you arrive early and observe the liquids in carry-on luggage rules, which say no more than three ounces are allowed.

We also talked to AAA, who want to remind people to buckle up and drive by the speed limit.

AAA is expecting a five percent increase in travelers this year compared to last year. 

A spokesperson for the Tallahassee International Airport explained that the economy may be playing a role in that increase.  

"Overall, nationwide, the numbers are much greater. We expect a record year this year, probably the busiest time in 10 to 12 years. We are very excited about that," said Jim Durwin, Interim Deputy Director of Aviation. 

AAA said the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are the busiest travel days this week.