I Survived Thanksgiving Travel and It Wasn't Terrible
If you are anything like me, you dreaded the inevitable problems that crop up with holiday travel. Flying to and from the Midwest over Thanksgiving meant navigating airports on two of the busiest travel days of the year. The latest attacks in Paris, as well as the plane crash in Egypt, only added to the stress.
The nation was put on a security alert going into the holiday, meaning security at airports would be even more heightened than they normally are. All of this is to say I was expecting the worst.
What I experienced however, was quite the opposite. I arrived at DFW airport (expected to be the busiest in the country that day) at 5:00 a.m. sharp, the recommended two hours before my flight. Security was a breeze; I was through in 15 minutes. I noticed a few more security guards overseeing the process, but other than that there wasn’t any real differences. It’s worth noting that each security officer seemed very focused on the job at hand—no doubt the result of some sort of team meeting beforehand.
Thanks to my early flight, the plane was on time, waiting for us at the gate. We even managed to land early!
The flight home was more of the same, even with a later flight time of 11:30 a.m. The Indianapolis Airport usually has a moderate 15-20 minute wait for security, and I was fully expecting a longer wait time on this day. Instead the line seemed very normal, and security guards were in good spirits as they greeted children and made small talk. It almost seemed like there wasn’t a high alert of any kind, which was maybe the point of their job.
When I landed back at DFW at 1:00 p.m., the airport was jam packed with passengers waiting to return from the holiday. Every terminal seemed at capacity and the hallways were lined with extra passengers. I was happy to be home safely and stress-free.
Posted by Matt Holden on Dec 01, 2015