This Thanksgiving is especially special for second grader Mary Ella Cook who flew to the east coast with her grandma, Deborah Forman.
"It's my first time on an airplane and my first time to go to Washington D.C.," Cook told WLBT.
Forman and Mary Ella flew out of Jackson early Wednesday morning around 6:30. They're visiting Forman's son.
"He's flying us up for Thanksgiving he wants me to come cook," said Forman.
Around 5:30 Wednesday morning there was already a long security line at the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The extra wait didn't bother passenger Shuman Das who was headed to New York to see the Macy's Day parade with his wife.
Das said everything at the airport was "very very good, everything has been smooth, no problems."
For smooth sailing make sure to have your I.D.
"Additionally we'd like everyone to check with their airline and check their flight information especially if you're traveling through this airport to another airport" said Lt. Ron Marsalis, the head of security for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority.
According to AAA, air travel is slightly down this year, but in Jackson Thanksgiving week numbers are up compared to 2011. Deanna Parker who flew to Charlotte, N.C. said flying is the way to go.
"It was cheaper and quicker for me because I work and a ten hour drive was just too much," said Parker.
The Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport is offering a free perk during this Thanksgiving week. Through November 26th passengers can take advantage of "Turkey Trot." It's a shuttle that picks passengers up in the parking garage and brings them to the terminal absolutely free.
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