KCI welcomes near pre-pandemic crowds for Thanksgiving travel

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year at airports across the country, including at KCI. KMBC 9 spoke with travelers at Kansas City International Airport as travel nears pre-pandemic levels, with KCI expecting more than 300,000 travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Some flyers said they expected to be stressed but were pleasantly surprised.Traveling with little ones can be tough.“Usually, he gets up at 6:30 or 7 and he had to get up at 4 this morning,” Cameron Tally said of his young son, Liam.It’s especially hard during a busy holiday rush.“We had some early morning anger issues or outbursts and screaming,” said Tally, but he’s thankful that getting to KC from California was relatively calm. “All in all, it wasn’t too bad,” he said. “Better than driving here from California, that’s for sure.”Many travelers we spoke with said they didn’t see the long lines and crowded concourses they expected. “First time I’ve ever traveled during thanksgiving and it was actually the easiest process,” said traveler Melissa Wilson.“Actually, Southwest got us here on time,” said traveler Trayci Armstrong who flew to KC to see her daughter and grandsons. “There were no delays and it was a good flight.”KCI has been preparing for near pre-pandemic levels, beefing up staff across the board.“We’ve seen that everybody here … is fully staffed up, our TSA partners, airline partners,” said KCI spokesperson Justin Eyer. “There are long lines but the lines are moving quickly because the staffing levels are high.”Meyer says there are several things you can do to make holiday travel less turbulent: Arrive early, wear a mask and be patient.“There’s frequently a lot of travelers here that aren’t frequent flyers that may not remember about laptops and liquids and shoes and all those requirements,” he said, “so certainly, please arrive with patience as all the travelers are not necessarily as experienced.” Meyer also says if you’re picking someone up from the airport, the cellphone lot has moved. It’s now near the Kansas City Airport Marriott on Brasilia Avenue.

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year at airports across the country, including at KCI. KMBC 9 spoke with travelers at Kansas City International Airport as travel nears pre-pandemic levels, with KCI expecting more than 300,000 travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Some flyers said they expected to be stressed but were pleasantly surprised.

Traveling with little ones can be tough.

“Usually, he gets up at 6:30 or 7 and he had to get up at 4 this morning,” Cameron Tally said of his young son, Liam.

It’s especially hard during a busy holiday rush.

“We had some early morning anger issues or outbursts and screaming,” said Tally, but he’s thankful that getting to KC from California was relatively calm. “All in all, it wasn’t too bad,” he said. “Better than driving here from California, that’s for sure.”

Many travelers we spoke with said they didn’t see the long lines and crowded concourses they expected. “First time I’ve ever traveled during thanksgiving and it was actually the easiest process,” said traveler Melissa Wilson.

“Actually, Southwest got us here on time,” said traveler Trayci Armstrong who flew to KC to see her daughter and grandsons. “There were no delays and it was a good flight.”

KCI has been preparing for near pre-pandemic levels, beefing up staff across the board.

“We’ve seen that everybody here … is fully staffed up, our TSA partners, airline partners,” said KCI spokesperson Justin Eyer. “There are long lines but the lines are moving quickly because the staffing levels are high.”

Meyer says there are several things you can do to make holiday travel less turbulent: Arrive early, wear a mask and be patient.

“There’s frequently a lot of travelers here that aren’t frequent flyers that may not remember about laptops and liquids and shoes and all those requirements,” he said, “so certainly, please arrive with patience as all the travelers are not necessarily as experienced.”

Meyer also says if you’re picking someone up from the airport, the cellphone lot has moved. It’s now near the Kansas City Airport Marriott on Brasilia Avenue.

Source: Einnews

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