By Blake Essig
Channel 2 News
6:19 PM AKST, November 21, 2012
Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the year, a day when millions of people across the country hit roads and take to the skies to head out for the Thanksgiving weekend.
“It’s crazy,” said traveler Arielle Frederico. “But we want to go home, so that’s what you do.”
Whether it’s by plane, train or automobile, AAA projects that 43 million people will be traveling over the holiday -- a total which, according to AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet, is up for the fourth consecutive year since 2008.
While the majority of the country traveling by air is dealing with beefed-up security, long lines and packed planes, those traveling in and out of Anchorage experienced things a little differently Wednesday.
“I thought there would be more people,” said traveler Jesse Warfield. “It’s fairly calm, it seems.”
Alaska Airlines representatives say that while Wednesday is a busy travel day for the airline, they actually see more travelers and offer more flights during any given day in June and July.
“The flight I flew on wasn’t even full,” Warfield said. “I expected it to be a lot busier.”
Alaska Airlines says that while many flights occur on the day before Thanksgiving, the Sunday and Monday following Thanksgiving that are two of its busiest travel days of the year.
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