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Holiday travelers asked for patience

November 27, 2002

Albany- One of the busiest travel weekends of the year is underway, and the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport says they are ready to handle the expected rush.

The day started slowly at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. Very few passengers get off the jet arriving from Atlanta just before ten.

The Delta Connection flight will take only 28 passengers back to Atlanta on it's return flight. The passengers leaving early expect smooth sailing.

Debbie Hurst of Albany is flying to Pittsburgh. "We've got good security here, and everything should be fine, except the snow up north."

The new federal airport screeners and tighter security rules are in place. The travelers moved quickly through checks. Airport screener Jeff Smith said "We have everything in place. All the equipment, all the tools, so everything should go smoothly. And passengers should not have to wait very long at any of the airports nationwide."

But the security checks are expected to take much longer at other airports, especially as the holiday weekend progresses.

Sunday is expected to be the busiest travel day. Michael Ridgeway with Delta Connection said "Sunday is quite full, so people should get here early." Travel experts say arrive early and allow extra time, and be patient-- for happy and safe Thanksgiving flights. People are steadily returning to the skies to travel since 9-11.

More people are expected to fly this Thanksgiving weekend compared to last year, but overall air travel is still down 6 percent since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

posted at 4:05PM by dave.miller@walb.com