Bradley Airport sees heavy traffic amid Thanksgiving holiday

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — The Thanksgiving traveling crowds won’t just be on the highways, but airports are also expected to be jam packed.

Millions of travelers are flying for Thanksgiving. And if you think Wednesday’s busy — just wait until the weekend.

The turkeys are stuffed – in the backbacks that is. The Russels left Bradley Airport during Wednesday’s early morning rush.

“This year having a good turkey dinner with our family. And tomorrow morning, we’ll be In Boise, Idaho, we are going to run a 5K,” said Gary Russell, Massachusetts.

Their flights was on time. Thankfully they were able to dodge a snowstorm in Minneapolis, part of a weather system that’s been moving across the country impacting hundreds of flights.

“I was surprised actually. We got an email and we called and they said ‘hey we can reroute you,'” said Vanessa Russell, Massachusetts.

“Delta was very kind. On Monday they called us and said ‘you might not want to go through Minneapolis,” Gary Russell.

For others, their travel plans were somewhat up in the air.

“They said, as of right now my flight to Minneapolis is on time, but once I get to Minneapolis I might be on delay,” said Amber Watkins, Florida.

Nearly all the flights in and out of Bradley are on time. The arrival and departure board was lit up in green. There were long lines at some of the ticket counters, while the line through security was constantly moving.

“It’s a little stressful. I think we got it covered,” said Vanessa Russell.

Bradley even brought in a violinist to help calm those nerves.

Wednesday is typically the busiest travel day of the year, but this year that’s not the case. It’s actually going to be this coming Sunday, December first when more than 3 million people are heading home from their Thanksgiving destinations.

The airlines are doing their best to keep everything moving on time. And it’s a team effort from the cockpit crew to the ground crew.

“I’m aware that today is a pretty busy day so I’m hoping for the best,” said Watkins.

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