Travelers hit highway, airport before Thanksgiving

Travelers hit highway, airport before Thanksgiving

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - People have all kinds of ideas when it comes to taking a trip for Thanksgiving and whether it's visiting family or just taking time off, many travelers Wednesday wanted to share.their plans for the holiday.

Little A'niia Pittman is already in the Thanksgiving spirit.

"I'm thankful for my mommy and my daddy ... I'm thankful for my school," she said.

Her family is like many families in Baton Rouge who are keeping Thanksgiving close to home this year.

They're planning on having a big dinner at her grandparents' house on Essen Lane.

"We ain't going too far," Tim Silmon, a relative, said. "I'm going to eat some cornbread dressing, fried chicken, turkey, you know, everything."

John Huggins is another one who's keeping things close.

His family lost some during the flood, so his brother is coming in from Texas to celebrate.

"I have a 90-year-old grandmother and a 70-something-year-old mother ... so this is kind of a tradition; we all get together," Huggins said. "Enjoying the good weather, the football games, just the traditional stuff."

But others are still traveling. There weren't any long lines at the Baton Rouge airport Wednesday afternoon, but a steady flow of people went in and out of the terminal.

Susie Buckley is flying out of state for a family reunion.

"I'm heading to Virginia for Thanksgiving," Buckley said. "There'll be 40-plus family members."

What are you looking forward to most?

"Seeing family. Seeing family. It's been a while since I been there," Buckley replied.

Jim Caldwell with the Baton Rouge Metro Airport said he still expects a busy season, despite the historic flooding. 

"I think we'll probably be up slightly when the final numbers come in because our seating capacity is up a little and that's, that's the biggest factor," Caldwell said.
 
He also said those planning on traveling Thursday need to get to the airport extra early, as officials expect another busy day.

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