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Airport Jammed With Holiday Travelers

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Travelers are flying high this Thanksgiving holiday.
MORRISVILLE — No matter how much fun holidayget-togethers can be, getting to them and from them can be an exercise infrustration. Between now and Sunday, 32 million Americans will make a trip somewhere.

The lucky ones may be those whose relatives are making the trip tovisit them. If you're one of those, you may have extra time tostuff the turkey, because they might be late.

Officials estimate that, by the end of the day Wednesday, 28,000 peoplewill have flown out of RDU International Airport. Parking, as one mightguess, is at a premium. Officials say the best advice they can give totravelers throughout the weekend is to allow plenty of extra time.

As anyone who has traveled on Thanksgiving weekend can attest, holidaytravel can be hectic. Traveler Monica Gaughan said she lost quite a bit oftime looking for a space.

Those having the best luck are leaving their cars in one of RDU's fourpark-and-ride lots, taking a shuttle to the terminal. Many lots werealready full by 5 p.m. Wednesday, but workers had just finished puttingthe finishing touches on Lot four, the newest and largest lot with 1,000spaces.

Airport Spokesperson Rick Martinez says the smartest thing to do ishead straight for park-and-ride, Lot four.

The one place you don't want to park is along the curb just outside theterminal. Airport police are strictly enforcing the no-parking policythere. Violaters' cars could be towed. Pulling to the curb to unload isallowed.

Editor's Note:

By the end of the holiday weekend more than 5.4 million Americans willhave flown to or from somewhere.

Hub airports get hit with the worst of the holiday rush. Chicago is thenation's busiest.

The next four, in order, are Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, LosAngeles, and San Francisco.

Photographer:Robert MeikleandKerrieHudzinski

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