Houston airports steady on 2nd biggest travel day of the year

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the 2nd biggest travel day of the year as people rush home at the end of the holiday weekend
December 1, 2013 3:52:16 PM PST
Millions of Americans were traveling Sunday after spending Thanksgiving away from home. The Sunday after Turkey Day is the second biggest travel day of the year as people rush home to make it back to work on Monday.

According to AAA, roughly 43.3 million people traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday, and many had to deal with rough weather in their paths.

Sunday morning at Houston's Hobby Airport saw long lines of people leaving Houston, and a slow trickle of Houstonians coming back home.

"Very happy to be home," Mike Savas said.

Savas and his daughter caught an early morning flight back from Atlanta. Their day started with long lines at the airport.

"We got there at 5 and it was a 6:30 flight," Savas said. "We were last ones on. We were waiting in line for about an hour through security."

"The lines were horrible getting here, but once we got past that, it was great," said Vivian Estes, who was also traveling from Atlanta.

Both early flights out of Atlanta were slightly delayed, but overall, passengers told us things went pretty smoothly.

"Our alarms were set for 3am. We got there at 3:45," said Sarah Work, who flew back from Phoenix. "The lines weren't even open, so we were looking at gates."

By mid-morning at Hobby Airport, lines were moving steadily as Houstonians streamed back into the city.

"No delays; we were lucky," Tracy Johnson said. "We flew better this holiday than we have non-holiday seasons."

Johnson and her family flew back from Arkansas with a furry companion.

"It's cheaper than leaving them and boarding," Johnson said. "It's pretty fun. We get a lot of reactions from the kids traveling with her."

Neither Hobby nor Bush Intercontinental Airports were reporting any major delays Sunday night. You can check flight delays, road conditions and more anytime in our online holiday travel guide.

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