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Eugene Airport Expects 14,000 Thanksgiving Travelers

Rachael McDonald

Eugene's usually sleepy airport is going to be bustling this week with Thanksgiving flyers coming and going.

The Eugene Airport is expecting 14,000 passengers arriving and departing its gates between Tuesday and Sunday. Spokesman Casey Boatman says the best way to make it go smoothly is to give yourself lots of time.

Boatman: "Well, definitely, don't be fooled by how fast our TSA security checkpoint usually is. Always, especially during busy times, allow 2 hours before your scheduled flight time. There can be other backups with an influx of travelers. So it's really important to be time conscious."

Boatman says checking-in online helps too. The busiest day at the airport is expected to be Sunday. AAAis projecting this year's Thanksgiving to have the highest volume of travelers since 2007-- with nearly 47 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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