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Record number of people flying for Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 18:24:39-05

TULSA - A record breaking number of flyers is expected to travel home for the holidays - with more than 25 million people passing through security screening checkpoints.

The Tulsa International Airport was packed with travelers all day long and it’s not expected to slow down much until Tuesday.

Millions of families greeting loved ones across the US on Wednesday, which is the second busiest travel day of the holiday.

"We’re going to Costa Rica," said Cinthya Roig.

"We traveled from Los Angeles this morning," said Justin Fengler.

Officials at the Tulsa International Airport said the number of flyers was up 9.3 percent from last year.

"I saw this morning that the line was pretty long but TSA has been moving quickly," Stephanie Chester, Community Relations Manager for Tulsa International Airport, said. "So, we just accommodate that as best as we can."

They also do that by posting travel tips online, especially for large families traveling together.

"Usually it’s the girls and my husband," Roig said. "We’re a big group because there’s five of us."

TSA officials explained they know the flights scheduled in advance and make sure they’re fully staffed to meet the needs of large crowds.

They also have tips for flying with children for the first time.

"Allow yourself an extra 30 minutes or so to get their boarding pass, get bags checked if you need to and then going through security," Chester said. 

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is likely going to be the busiest travel day and is even expected to make TSA’s top 10 busiest days ever, so officials suggest arriving at the airport in plenty of time.

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