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Travelers not letting fear keep them grounded

Some travelers say living in fear means that terrorists win. (Photo source: WLOX News) Some travelers say living in fear means that terrorists win. (Photo source: WLOX News)
According to airport officials, operations remained normal after the Paris attacks. (Photo source: WLOX News) According to airport officials, operations remained normal after the Paris attacks. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Millions of travelers will soon be taking to the skies for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

At first glance, it seems that the holiday, like many others, will be busy. But, will that number be less than usual because of the recent horrific terror attacks in Paris?

"Having watched how busy the airport was in Atlanta, it didn't seem to stop anybody," said coast native, Mark Miller, who flew in from Washington D.C. where security was a little tighter than normal. 

For Miller, tightened security just meant getting to the airport earlier. As for drastic changes to his travel plans; there were none.

"It's kind of the new normal. I think people understand that we live in a dangerous world," added Miller.

Miller's attitude was reflected in many others just trying to make it to their final destination. Matt Dooley was on his way back home from a training trip.

"I'm not going to be scared into submission because of something that takes place, you know," said Dooley.

Many travelers showed confidence that security and government officials were capable of thwarting any potential threats. By the time Penelope Diaz heard about the attacks in Paris, she had already booked her flight to the coast to visit her family in Mobile.

Diaz remembers what went through her mind in the moments after hearing the news.

"I was like, ok, well I have to go along with it. I can't really stop now. So, I guess I just left it in fate's hands," said Diaz.

Katelyn Gossett says she'll never allow terrorists to keep her from going about a normal life, and that the entire purpose of terrorism is to cause people to live in fear.

"When you're scared, you stop living. So I think traveling and doing whatever you would normally do says 'Screw you, I'm doing it anyway,'" said Gossett.

Gossett's strategy is one that many have adopted during holiday season.

"If we don't travel, they win. And we don't want that," noted Miller.

According to airport officials, operations remained normal after the Paris attacks. AAA even predicts that there will be an increase in air travel for Thanksgiving 2015, with around 3.6 million expected travelers.

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