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11/28/04

Holiday Travel is on the Rise

The Sunday after Thanksgiving has become one of the busiest travel days in the country. This year was no exception.

While the airports were crowded, flyers said for the most part, they didn't experience any major problems. Bonnie O'Dell flew into Savannah on Sunday from Minneapolis. "I didn't have any problems. And I didn't see anybody having any complications either.everything went fairly smoothly," said Bonnie.

Vanessa Futrell and her daughter, Toni, flew to Savannah via Hartsfield - Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. They expected that airport to be extremely busy, but said their flight went off without a hitch. "It was kind of crowded, but other than that, the flight went well," said Vanessa.

While the airports kept moving, the interstates played the waiting game with holiday motorists. No major accidents on Interstate 95 were reported, even so, travelers say at times the traffic moved along at a snails pace."It's been busy on I -95, it's been backed up....stop and go all the way," exclaimed Burt McFarland.

Holiday travelers weren't the only ones on the highways....so was the Georgia State Patrol. They made sure people stayed safe on the roadways, reaching their final destinations. Troopers said their jobs have been getting busier around this time each year. " The amount of traffic that's on the road at this time every year increases, so every year the number of accidents increase as well," said Georgia State Patrol Trooper, William Fisher.

But both drivers and flyers said the increase in traffic won't stop them from traveling during the holidays. " It's just a matter of being patient and taking your time, that's all," said motorist, Burt McFarland.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti; mruberti@wtoc.com

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