Thanksgiving travel spike at Baton Rouge Metro Airport

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Management at Baton Rouge Metro Airport said all flights were full Wednesday. More than 3,000 passengers traveled away from Baton Rouge or returned home to the Capital City for the holiday weekend.

"Just having a great time with family," said Sharon Kibler, flying in from Savannah, GA.

"Hanging out with my son, going fishing with my other friends from here," said Frank Bostick after landing from Allentown, PA.

Compared to traveling through the country's larger airports, passengers said there's something more pleasant about Baton Rouge Metro.

"I've had no problems, had no long lines," said Jay Engelking, flying to Ponca City, OK.

"I don't like driving to New Orleans. It's not convenient," said Maggie Shahnasarian before boarding a plane to Atlanta.

AAA said nearly 47 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving. That's the most since 2007.

Management said flights leaving and arriving at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport are also up.

"We may not always fit people's travel needs, but if they check I think they'll be surprised how easy it is to fly from BTR and how more competitive the fares are now," said Jim Caldwell, Marketing & Air Service Development Manager

Traveling this holiday season comes with new terror alerts following this month's attacks in Paris. People flying said they're not afraid.

"We lived in New York for a while and it always kind of crossed my mind leaving out of JFK or La Guardia but not here," said Shahnasarian.

"We've got tools in place to minimize the danger," said Engelking. "Hopefully, everybody does their job and we get there safe."

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