Pre-Thanksgiving Day Air Travel

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin
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November 22, 2006

More Americans than ever are hitting the skies this Thanksgiving.

"It wasn't too bad. It was pretty good actually. I came in from Dallas to Cincinnati, and to Charlottesville, said Travis Bourland who was traveling from Ohio.

"Travel was very good coming from Orlando. I did not experience very much," said Deborah Lilly who was traveling from Florida.

Travelers can expect a lesser crowd at the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Airport because the majority University of Virginia students are already gone.

"Because of UVa releasing students a week before Thanksgiving now, we've found the mad rush we used to experience Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thanksgiving morning has leveled for us," said Executive Director Bryan Elliot of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport.

Still, going through the terminals and into the air are 25 million other Americans. All of them deal with the 311 rule set by the Transportation Security Administration. It allows three ounces of liquid in a one ounce baggie per person.

Not following it was a problem for Charles Smith from Missouri.

"They were polite, but thorough opening my bag, and looking through it a couple times. I actually had nail clippers that they took away," said Charles Smith.

For the most part traveling by air was as pleasant as possible for passengers coast to coast.

"I just came very light. Security, and everything moved very fast, and very smoothly," added Lilly.

"It was not really bad. Of course, I was doing it at 5:30a.m., so I am sure it was not bad at all," added Bourland.


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