Long lines hitting holiday travelers early in Southwest Florida
FORT MYERS, Fla.- The ropes are up for holiday crowds. On one side, families welcome loved-ones. On the other, passengers like Claudia Ryan and her husband wait in snaking TSA lines at Southwest Florida International Airport.
Holiday travel is already picking up for Thanksgiving and that means you should give yourself more time if you're flying.
That's because it may take you more time to get through security checkpoints at airports.
One viewer tells FOX 4 says he went to RSW and said he waited 45 minutes just to get through the checkpoint and crowds are only expected to get bigger.
“I had forgotten that it gets a little more crowded for the return for Thanksgiving.” Claudia said.
Now wishing she'd left earlier. “We did the normal hour but two hours would have been better.” Claudia said.
They're one of more than 2 million Floridians expected to travel at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving.
Virginia Dailey and Miss Roxie's destination is Pittsburgh.
But for them, these lines are the least of their worries. When AirTran's computers went down, passengers were left with the burden.
“They had to hand write the boarding passes and they also told us despite the fact that I paid for my seats, I'd have to get new seats at the gate.” Dailey said.
Leaving travelers looking forward to the holiday. So as long as the TSA keeps the security lines moving, traveling should be relatively hassle-free. I'm told those line are the busiest at 4:30am and 10am, so always give yourself plenty of travel time, especially in those early hours.