Holiday rush underway at Bradley Airport, across the country

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — The great getaway is officially underway. More than 3.5 million Americans taking to the skies Wednesday according to AAA.

“I mean I love going home for Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday,” said Mike Yablong of Middletown, who was flying home to Chicago Wednesday morning.

Roughly 230,000 people in New England are opting to fly for the holiday. Leaving a steady stream of people going in and out of Bradley Airport.

“Everything is going good. I actually got here early. Maybe two hours early,” said Miguel Torres from Bridgeport. He was traveling to see family in Miami.

The airlines and TSA getting people through check-in and security quickly and efficiently. Especially during the busy morning rush. Some passengers know it could be a different  story at some of the bigger and busier airports.

“I managed it well. Hartford is pretty easy, but Chicago can be crazy around Thanksgiving,” said Yablong.

This past spring there were concerns about long lines due to a TSA shortage. That issue has since been fixed. Fourteen hundred new agents have been hired while 2,000 others have been bumped up to full-time status. In addition, a 50% increase in the number of people who signed up for the TSA Pre-Check, which gets passengers through security much faster.

When all is said and done most people are happy to get onboard their flight, head out to the runway and get the show on the road — so to speak.

“I’m excited. Looking forward to seeing family and getting out of the cold,” one Florida-bound passenger tells News 8.

Keep in mind airports will be pretty busy on Sunday and into Monday as many people are returning from those Thanksgiving destinations.


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