The Thanksgiving travel rush was smoother than expected, reports the New York Times, thanks to good weather, added airline agents, and the federal government giving commercial airliners access to military airspace for the holiday. Many travelers helped reduce the crush Wednesday, the busiest single travel day of the year, by flying on Tuesday. Twenty-seven million Americans are expected to be airborne during the holiday period.
“I thought it was going to be much worse. This airport can be a mess,” said a travel agent in Denver's airport, which had the longest security lines this year, but added extra staff for the holiday. Others arrived three hours early to ensure making their flights. “I found a parking space, so I’m just relieved,” said one man.