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PASCO, WA- The day before Thanksgiving has been known to be the busiest travel day of the year. We stopped by the Tri-Cities Airport to talk with them about their expectations this holiday season. 

Early Wednesday, people were already lined up printing boarding passes and checking their luggage at the ticket counters. The Port of Pasco's Buck Taft told us, "passengers coming through are up this year, we're expecting more passengers the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays". Passengers are up four percent since last year.

We asked if any added security measures will take place this weekend, "our security is the same all year round, I can't say we've done anything special for this holiday because we're always aware of security and creating a safe environment for all passengers to fly out". 

The construction is a minor hiccup for the airport and makes things busier on their end but they assure passengers it won't affect their travel experience. In fact Taft told us, "as of now, we are running on time with no cancellations". 

As for some advice to help travelers get through the holiday season, "keep in touch with your airline, make sure you get to the airport early and do understand for 'meet-ers and greet-ers' we do have restricted space due to construction so things will be a little tight for flights coming in". 

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With Thanksgiving taking place on Thursday, today is one of the busiest travel days of the year as people are getting a jump on the holiday traffic.

According to TripAdvisor’s annual Thanksgiving travel survey, 28% will be traveling today with 62% driving to their destination and 35% will be flying.  By comparison, 21% will be traveling tomorrow on Thanksgiving.

According to the survey, travelers will be driving farther this year as 56% of those driving will travel more than 200 miles.  In fact, 67% plan to travel during off peak hours to avoid holiday traffic.

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