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Anjali Hemphill reports on holiday travel from the Reagan National Airport


OVER TO YOU.>>TIME NOW SEVEN.MENT. ZERO THREE. IF YOU’RE TRAVELING BACK HOME TODAY YOU’LL HAVE PLENTY OF COMPANY IN THE APPORTS AND ON THE ROADS. MANY AMERICANS ON THE MOVE. WHILE AAA SAYS A LIEUTENANT OF THEM ARE GOING TO GOING TO BE DRIVING, 23 MILLION AMERICANS ARE GOING TO BE TREK KING THROUGH AIR OUR PORTS. ANJALI HEMPHILL DOWN AT THE AIRPORT. RIGHT NOW A LITTLE BIT SLOW, BUT THAT’S THE GOING TO BE CASE LATER THIS AFTERNOON.>>REPORTER: YOU ARE RIGHT, TOM IT’S A BEAUTIFUL MORNING HERE AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT AND WHILE THINGS ARE CALM, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE CROWDS ARE ALREADY BUILDING. THE FIRST THING I WANTED TO SHOW YOU IS THE LINE OUTSIDE. YOU CAN SEE CARS FOR AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE AND OF COURSE MORE CARS KEEPING DRIVING UP AS WE SPEAK. THEY ARE MOVING RIGHT NOW, BUT WE HAVE SEEN THEM KIND OF BOTTLE UP AS WE GO THROUGH THE MORNING SMART PEOPLE TOOK THESE FLIGHTS IT’S STILL QUITE CROWDED IN HERE . THIS IS THE TOP LEVEL OF REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT. USUALLY NOT A LOT OF ACTIVITY BUT YOU SEE A LIEUTENANT OF FOLKS STANDING BY. THIS IS WHERE YOU GET CHECKED, IN GET YOUR TICKETS, GETTING YOUR BOARD ING PASSES NOT USUALLY THE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE GET \HUNG\HUNK H UP AND MISS THEIR FLIGHTS. THIS IS USUALLY THE TROUBLE SPOT, THE SECURITY LINE LET’S TAKE A LOOK DOWN HERE ON THE BOTTOM LEVEL BECAUSE WHEN WE FOISTER GOT HERE ABOUT AN HOUR AGO IT WAS ALREADY CROWDED APRIL IT HAS GOTTEN MORE. YOU CAN SEE FOLKS ALREADY STANDING IN LINE WAITING TO GO THROUGH THE SECURITY CHECK, TAKING OFF YOUR SHOES, GOING THROUGH ALL THE TSA CHECKS, THAT DOES TAKE SOMETIME ALREADY YOU WANT TO PLAN AHEAD. THE AIR AIRLINES HAVE ADDED LOTS OF FLIGHTS TODAY TO ACCOMMODATE THE MILLIONS OF TRAVELERS THAT ARE TRAVELING ON ONE OF THE BUSIEST TRAVEL DAZE OF YEAR. THIS YEAR EXPERTS SAY THERE IS REGOING TO BE MORE THAN IN YEARS PAST. THESE ARE THE DEPARTURE. YOU CAN BAWLT MULTIPLE FLIGHTS OUT OF BOSTON GOING TO CHARLOTTE . RIGHT NOW UL A THE TIMES LOOK PRETTY GOOD. SOME OF THEM ARE EVEN EARLY. THAT’S TEN MINUTES LATE, THAT’S TEN MINUTES LATE. RIGHT NOW THERE’S ONLY VERY SMALL DELAYS AND SOME OF THESE FLIGHTS ARE LEAVING A LITTLE BIT EARLY. THE ARRIVALS ARE SHOWING UP TEN MINUTE, 20 MINUTES EARLY. RIGHT NOW THINGS ARE GOOD. I’M SURE IT’S PROBABLY THE SAME AT OTHER AIRPORTS. THE LONGER YOU WAIT TO GET OUT THE MORE DELAYS YOU’RE GOING TO DEAL WITH. DEFINITELY PLAN AHEAD FOR SOME DELAYS LATER ON HERE. THAT’S THE LATEREST HER

Stephen Childs

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