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News Article - November 26, 2007

BUSIEST TRAVEL DAY OF YEAR IS SURPRISINGLY SMOOTH  
  More than 115,000 passengers are expected to pass through Philadelphia International Airport on the Sunday after thanksgiving, a 3% increase over last year. It came as an incredible surprise. On this extremely busy and usually aggravating travel day, it seemed as if people truly were flying the friendly skies. Good weather across most of the country meant planes were taking off and landing on-time with hardly any delays or cancellations. Elizabeth Rahn says "I expected to see longer lines that these. These were not bad. This is pretty normal."

   It was so quiet that many travelers could hardly believe this is the busiest air travel day of the year. Todd Grant says, "The way up was the same way. I haven't had any difficulty at all. It's kind of scary how quickly things went." More than 115,000 passengers are expected to pass through Philadelphia International Airport on the Sunday after thanksgiving, a 3% increase over last year. There were long lines at security checkpoints but the lines were moving amazingly well because the TSA added additional staff.

   Angela Mead says, "Awesome, yeah, not a problem. I think we're all used to lines and you relax and you get through." Henry Mead says, "Yeah, they seem to be moving people efficiently thru and nobody is in a panic so it's good to get here early." The military opened up two airspace corridors to commercial flights to prevent delays -- and the airlines beefed up staffing -- with more ticket agents and baggage handlers -- eliminating some of the major headaches that plagued holiday travelers in the past.

   Kathleen Greenwood says, "It was a full plane, but it was on time. There were no long lines. It was great." Aaron Washington says "I got to the airport 1 1/2 hours before flight time. No hitches what-so-ever. I actually got upgraded to first class, so I'm happy." Not bad, getting upgraded to first class. Most planes were flying full and if those first class seats weren't sold out, they were putting people in them so they could get stand-by passengers on-board. By the end of the day, 1400 flights will have taken-off or landed here at Philadelphia International and that is a busy day.

Source - Fox29



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