Holiday travelers hit the roads and skies the day before Thanksgiving

A look at holiday traffic in the Baton Rouge area

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many travelers got an early start on their exit from work Wednesday, heading to airports and the interstates.

Whether it's a road trip or just trying to move around the city, drivers hoped to avoid snarled traffic the day before Thanksgiving.

"Yeah, I'm trying to get a good start on it," said trucker Michael Johnson. "Probably busy right now. Getting worse as the day goes by."

He was not looking forward to the drive from his home in Baker to make a delivery in Houston on the busiest travel day of the year. By the noon hour, cars were already creeping along sections of Interstate 10.

"Everybody's in a hurry, trying to get to grandma's house for dinner," Johnson added.

However, not everyone was stuck in a line. At Baton Rouge Metro Airport, it seemed there were more workers than travelers. Rodrigo Escardno has been in Louisiana for the past week visiting friends. He decided on Wednesday that it was time to head back to California and $600 later, he had a one-way ticket back home.

"Yeah, I guess they have a few seats," Escardno said.

Airport officials said most people choosing to fly out of Baton Rouge do so because they can get through quickly.

"The flights are heavily booked," said Jim Caldwell with Baton Rouge Metro Airport. "Most are booked at 90 percent or above."

They don't have the lines like at other airports.

While most are heading for traditional turkey dinner, Paula Behrnes and her husband made a quick pit stop to make sure there's enough ice in the coolers for the family's camping trip to Lake Chico.

"It's tradition for us," Behrnes said. "[We've] been doing it three years in a row."

So, even if you do get delayed in your travels, just remember that not everyone is getting to spend the holiday at home.

"I'm going to have to get me a turkey sandwich and ride," Johnson said.

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