Passengers take to the skies on busy air travel day

Passengers take to the skies on busy air travel day

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - With people traveling to see relatives for the holiday, Friday is the busiest air travel day of the year. According to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, 45 million people will be flying for the holidays this year and most of the airlines are projected to have full flights.

Though long lines and delays weren't an issue in South Mississippi Friday, passengers saw a frenzy at other airports. Through it all, there are some best practices to handle busy holiday travel.

Passengers who landed at Gulfport-Biloxi International airport were greeted with hugs buy loved ones—a nice prize after some endured long lines and delays at some congested airports.

"I would have to say Chicago O'Hara was probably the worst. Houston was very close. It was bumper to bumper lines and delays," said flyer Bill Vineyard.

"So we flew out of Sacramento and that one was very hectic. They over booked the flight. So they were scrambling trying to get people in seats. Um, and that was really early in the morning and there were still a lot of people," said flyer Lauren Kearney.

In addition to Friday being a busy air travel day, Saturday is also projected to be pretty hectic. Before you line up at security there are ways to minimize delays in all this hustle and bustle.

"We would encourage people this time of year to allow for additional time when arriving at the airport to clear security. People are traveling with gifts. Often times you'll have people with small children so they need to give themselves more time," said Clay Williams.

For those with connecting flights, Expert recommends, trying to avoid ones with a tight connection of an hour or less. Despite the bad wrap some airports have, all the stress of holiday travel is worth it to Abigail Check.

"Today I'm traveling home. I'm going to Philadelphia International Airport. I'm meeting my family. And then heading back up to New Jersey. Family is really important to me. I value my family allot. So being able and having this opportunity and taking this time before I deploy, it's really important for me to go home," Check added.

According to Expert, there are some common sense tricks to holiday air travel including packing small for carry-on items, try not to wrap gifts, and for connecting flights try to avoid ones with a tight connection of an hour or less.

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