Holiday travelers avoid flight mess in the Northeast

Holiday travelers avoid flight mess in the Northeast

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There were plenty of happy family reunions at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport the day before Thanksgiving. It may not be the busiest day of the year for flying, but it's certainly in the top ten.

Late morning found a flurry of activity at the airport. Folks arriving from Atlanta at one end of the terminal, with others awaiting various departures.

Latoya Cowan was among the incoming crowd.

"Happy to be home, with my parents. I'm just going to visit with family and enjoy being home. Take a break from work," she said.

Vancleave's Greg Madison was returning from business in Jacksonville, Florida. He too arrived safely, also through Atlanta.

"No delays, and like I said, both airports here and Atlanta were real good, so no delays. Was a real good flight," he said.

One family traveling from West Palm Beach had a slight change of plans.

"They actually went really well, except for yesterday when our flight had engine problems or something. So we couldn't get out last night, but today it went great," said the mother, as she watched her two boys work off some energy.

"I thought it was going to be a real mess today, through Atlanta and the whole east coast with all the weather we might run into. But it was great," her husband added.

Thanksgiving travel is largely about reaching family.

"Have all my grand kids together tomorrow," said Bill Miller, who was at the airport to welcome some of those family members flying in from Detroit.

"It was probably freezing when we left. Well we left like at three o'clock in the morning to get to the airport," said Joann Purkey.

"We did have a little spot of bad weather earlier this week that resulted in some canceled flights, but overall traffic has been very good," said Jim Foster, the airport operations manager.

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