MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Travel woes at South Florida airports as travelers head out to visit loved ones ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The delays came at the same time Miami International Airport faced an influx of travelers ahead of the holiday.
Some at the airport said they came early but still dealt with long lines.
“I even came about two hours early and was not expecting this at all,” said another traveler. “We’re ready to go home, and we’re ready to go see some family. That’s what I’m doing.”
By Monday, holiday travel already surpassed AAA’s predictions for airport traffic.
Reports have indicated that roughly 20 million people will pass through U.S. security airports this Thanksgiving break, which is a decrease from 2019.
“Believe it or not, it’s not that busy now to me, as it has been when I’ve traveled,” said Dawn Guess.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport expects roughly around 600,000 passengers to walk through their airport this Thanksgiving break. At MIA they predicted even more, close to 2 million.
“The airport is doing everything possible to make it safe for the passengers and comfortable to get them through the checkpoint as quickly as possible and to their flight on time,” said MIA spokesperson Jack Varela.
But 4.2 million passengers have already made their way to airports across the U.S.
On Friday, 2,242,956 people were reported, on Saturday, 2,004,579 people were reported and on Sunday, 2,213,716 people were reported at airports across the country, according to the TSA.
Long lines and flight delays seem to be the price to pay to be home for the holidays.
Airport officials said to check with your airline for cancellations and delays before heading to the airport.
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