Travelers return to SWFL after Holiday weekend

Posted at 10:30 PM, Nov 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-29 22:30:15-05

Snow and Icy conditions in the western part of the U.S. had little effect on air travel at Southwest Florida International Airport.

Passenger traffic was steady most of the day, many of the delays were because of mechanical issues.

"We were told a jump seat, where the stewardess would sit had to be repaired before they could use the plane," said Walter Gadkowski of Naples. 

He flew into RSW from Houston after spending Thanksgiving with his daughter.

FGCU student Matthew Stein says his flight arrived on time from Newark, but the security lines were long.

"It took like 20 to 25  minutes to get through the TSA in Newark, the flight was completely full," said Stein.

It's shaping up to be a busy fall at RSW.  The Lee County Port Authority says passenger traffic in October is up 6.5% from the same time last year. 

Passengers who want to speed through security lines will have the chance to do so for the upcoming Christmas travel season.  The Transportation Security Administration will allow people to sign up for TSA pre check at RSW from November 30th to December 3rd at RSW.

You'll need to bring a passport, and birth certificate.  The program costs $85 for 5 years.