Thanksgiving travelers prefer a speedier way to destination - - Jackson, MS

Thanksgiving travelers prefer a speedier way to destination

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By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - More people are opting for the fastest way to travel this Thanksgiving.

This year,  AAA estimates that air travel will increase by 3.5% over last year.

Bonnie Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of the Jackson- Evers International Airport said, "we're looking at about 30,000 people this holiday which is a very strong number today we are around 3 thousand of those folks will be coming in and out of Jackson."

Even with the new security guidelines, travelers are adapting and packing their bags wisely.

"You don't really have to worry that much about a pat down or intrusive search unless you create a alarm situation and the best way to avoid doing that is to empty your pockets, put your PDA cell, metal objects, keys, wallets thing of this nature in your purse, backpack, briefcase whatever you're carrying on the plane," said Wilson.

Those flying have different views on whether or not the added security is needed.

Air traveler Rumana Rhman said, "I am a little worried about them because of frequent fliers the amount of radiation could be dangerous from what I've read it doesn't sound like a big security, I think the main issue is invasion of privacy it's effectiveness are these things really effective."

Another traveler said the new procedures do not  bother him if that's what it will take.

AAA said more than 40 million people will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday.  1.6 million people will go by plane.  Many WLBT talked to say they have plans of arriving at the airport earlier than normal, just in case the new security measures throw up a roadblock.

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