Fliers Thankful for Few Delays

Planning and good weather ease holiday congestion
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2007 8:37 AM CST
Rosa Smith, left, her son Sidney, 5, second from left, husband Sidney, center, son Bradley, center (in orange), from Washington state, walk to the Southwest Airlines baggage claim area at the San Jose...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.