Traveling out of Atlanta: Why Thanksgiving is the Best Time to Go

Thanksgiving travel is in full swing, with millions of people taking to the skies and roads.

An estimated 2.7 million individuals have flown to various destinations, with millions more opting for road trips to make it to Thanksgiving celebrations.

Barbara Tartt, who hails from Michigan, is one of those travelers, and she shared her experiences with Channel 2’s Larry Spruill.

Tartt, normally a Chicago-based flyer, expressed her fondness for holiday flights, stating, “The prices are actually lower, and there’s hardly any traffic.”

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Camera crews from Channel 2 Action News reported a relatively uncrowded scene at the World’s Busiest Airport, corroborating Tartt’s last-minute travel strategy.

Security officers also agreed, with Tartt stating, “There were minimal people on the airplane as well. So it’s a great day to travel.”

While Thanksgiving is a busy travel period, security officers confirmed that the post-Thanksgiving Sunday tends to be even more hectic due to the shorter return window.


Transportation Security Administration’s Johnny Jones assured that they are prepared for the upcoming busy holiday travel season, with staff working long hours to accommodate the surge in travelers.

Tartt, having experienced smooth travel, expressed her satisfaction, stating, “I got there 2 hours ahead of time and it only took me 30 minutes.”

For future travelers, TSA recommends arriving at the airport two to three hours early, and to stay updated on flight cancellations through airline channels.

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