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Travelers take to the skies for Thanksgiving holiday

By Kylee Cruz, KXLY4 Reporter, kyleec@kxly.com
Published On: Nov 21 2012 03:03:35 PM CST
Thanksgiving Travel

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The day before Thanksgiving has been dubbed the busiest travel day of the year as millions of Americans take to the skies and roads to visit loved ones all over the country.  

"We heard it's like the craziest day to travel," traveler Danni McGuire said.

At 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, it was smooth sailing at Spokane International Airport.  With no lines, people zipped through security on their way to their Thanksgiving destination.

"It's just the holiday feeling - everybody together, family, getting there, airplanes are fun," McGuire said.

McGuire and her boyfriend are early birds getting to the airport at 6:15 a.m. for their 8 a.m. flight to Seattle. While their trip is just across the state, others like Marcus Willis Jr. are flying across the country, which makes for a long travel day.

"I'm think like 12 hours," he said when describing how long he will be traveling.

With loads of luggage in tow, people are heading all over to places like Salt Lake City, Seattle and Portland. A little more than 3 million people are expected to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday, which is down about three-percent from last year.

On Wednesday morning at the airport, there were a few delays but remember if you are still heading out to give yourself plenty of time to get to the gate because you don't want to miss out on your family's Thanksgiving feast.

"Just being with family that's what the holidays are all about," traveler Joyce Sedler said.

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