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Flowing smoothly: The busiest air travel day of year

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Wednesday was the busiest travel day of the year with millions taking to the skies this Thanksgiving. According to AAA about 3.55 million people will be traveling by air this year. And it's great weather if you're leaving Jackson International headed for Thursday's big feast.

A welcome home banner and hugs and kisses for West Point Cadet Mollie Shepard of Ridgeland, who arrived from New York early when classes were canceled because of impending bad weather.

Travelers we spoke with were excited about seeing family and spending time with loved ones.

"I'm here for turkey with my parents, said Cherri Cassari of Phoenix, home to visit family in Madison. "I went through Atlanta, it was great. Coming in here was very windy, very scary landing, gusts up to 35 miles an hour I guess is what they told us." 

"I'm going back home to California. I'm going to spend some time with my family," said Dr. Richard Lee, a UMMC intern. "I just moved out here a few months ago and really looking forward to going back home. It's my first time going back home." 

Some others had a few problems and frustrations before landing in Jackson. Leonard Robinson of Washington DC has been trying to get to New Orleans since Monday.

"I flew out of Reagan Monday, then my flight got overbook and I ended up getting booted off, said an exhausted Robinson. "And then Tuesday the same thing happened to New Orleans. So I flew to Jackson and then have to drive for hours." 

Travel is down about 4 % from 20,000 passenger in 2013 to about 17,000 this year.

This summer Southwest Airlines ended service in Jackson.

"With Southwest not being in the market, they had about 27.6% of the market but with the other airlines that stepped up. Air travel is pretty brisk for this Thanksgiving holiday," said Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Marketing and Communications Director Gene Moore. "And we're expecting it to pick up when the data comes in." 

As always, passengers are urged to make sure they have not packed any prohibited items like weapons or flammable liquids to avoid problems at security checkpoints.

Be sure to also check your flight information before arriving at the airport

Jackson Evers is also offering free shuttle service called the Turkey Trot cab from the surface parking lot to the terminal from 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. through Monday.

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