Thanksgiving Travel Rush Underway

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the year with so many people heading out of town to see loved ones for the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

It's been busy at Eppley Airfield with lots of travelers coming and going, some more than once. “We were just here last night."

It's been a busy few days for Penny and John Graves. Originally from Texas, they are visiting their daughter in Omaha for Thanksgiving. They were back at the airport to pick up their son and meeting his girlfriend for the first time. “There he is, right there.”

You could see happy reunions throughout the airport. “Seven-year-old Holt Roberts and his family just arrived in Omaha from Texas, looking forward to seeing his family. “Playing together for a little bit and we eat and do fun stuff." The Roberts family did have to deal with some delays though the morning. Taking a look at the departure board, you could see that was the case for several flights.

Chey Tomsu decided to eat lunch while waiting for his delayed flight to take off. “I've had worst delays. It hasn't screwed up my flights for the rest of the day. I just have to get to my next flight faster, I suppose. He was on his way to the Cayman Islands to visit his dad.

Another thing passengers are dealing with this year is packed flights, but despite these minor obstacles, many travelers said they wouldn’t let it damper their excitement for the holiday.

Metro highways are also busy for those driving to their destination. As for drivers, they are dealing with slightly higher gas prices than this time last week. “I don't think they are that bad,” said Dan Nelson. “Gas is gas. If you need gas you are going to pay the price."

“I'm driving home, it's only two hours, which is nice, home to Des Moines to see my family,” said Creighton student Anna Gleighman.

There are more traffic fatalities at this time of year, so drivers are reminded to be cautious. Don't use a cell phone, don't drink and drive and always wear a seat belt.

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