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Thanksgiving Travelers Fill Lubbock Airport

Airline passengers across Texas appear to be forging ahead with their Thanksgiving travel plans, despite the shaky economy.  DFW and Bush Intercontinental Airports both predict a drop in passengers this season, but they say it should be close to the capacity cuts made by airlines.

Parking at Lubbock Preston-Smith International Airport was close to full Wednesday night, and the airport was busy all day.  Folks heading out took advantage of the new self-select security lines. So, expert travelers familiar with security rules and policies, were directed to a specific lane.  Travelers with children, special needs or for those who are not as experienced were directed to another lane. 

Folks we spoke with Wednesday were headed all across the region, and they say despite the cheaper gas prices in our area, flying was the way to go.  "It's a really long drive by car," Whitney and Amy Coleman said.  "Otherwise it's an 18 hours drive," Scott Gunter said.  "We're too old to drive, Pat and F.T. Joenes said. 

Those hitting the road for Thanksgiving should see more troopers on the highway. Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) kicked off Wednesday.  It's a combined effort with troopers in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado to keep you safe this season. The Texas Department of Public Safety says increasing the number of troopers on the roads helps slow drivers down and cut back on drunk drivers.


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