Air, road travel for Labor Day on significant increase

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Labor Day signals the unofficial end of the summer travel season, and officials said it was a busy weekend on the roads and in the air.All evening, travel conditions have been pretty calm and quiet at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where many travelers told 11 News they’ve noticed travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels.But, as always, there were a few hiccups. Lee Boyce put an AirTag in his bag and can see his bag still sitting at the airport in Seattle.”I realized my luggage, my last bag did not come, and you get that sinking feeling as you watch the crowds dwindle and you think, ‘Hey, this is going to be alright,’ until you are the last one standing,” Boyce said.BWI-Marshall officials said there were no significant flight cancellations or delays over the long weekend, despite a 6% increase in travelers from the same week last year.”More people seem to be traveling families, are coming back together. There were a lot of people from India and a lot of other countries at the wedding we attended, and I noticed at the airport a lot of families,” said Stacey Sickles, a traveler.”The airports were crowded. I took two flights to get here and both flights were jampacked,” said Devin Wilcox, a traveler.And it wasn’t just air travel picking up. AAA predicted busier roads this weekend compared to last year. Those returning from the Eastern Shore certainly felt that with a backup that was miles long to get over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.But however people traveled, some simple advice applies: Pack your patience and give yourself plenty of time.”Hop on the taxi and get to your airport at least three to four hours early. Don’t wait last minute,” said Glen Gabriel, a traveler.”Bring snacks, arrive early and be gentle with fellow travelers. It’s a stressful time,” said Stacey Sickels, a traveler.As for Boyce’s bag, the airline promised to rush it to his home, but he’s not sure exactly when he’ll get it back.”We’re getting married in a few weeks, so my tuxedo is in there, but hopefully, it will be here in a matter of 18 days,” Boyce said.According to AAA, international travel has increased dramatically by more than 40% over last year.

Labor Day signals the unofficial end of the summer travel season, and officials said it was a busy weekend on the roads and in the air.

All evening, travel conditions have been pretty calm and quiet at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where many travelers told 11 News they’ve noticed travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels.

But, as always, there were a few hiccups. Lee Boyce put an AirTag in his bag and can see his bag still sitting at the airport in Seattle.

“I realized my luggage, my last bag did not come, and you get that sinking feeling as you watch the crowds dwindle and you think, ‘Hey, this is going to be alright,’ until you are the last one standing,” Boyce said.

BWI-Marshall officials said there were no significant flight cancellations or delays over the long weekend, despite a 6% increase in travelers from the same week last year.

“More people seem to be traveling families, are coming back together. There were a lot of people from India and a lot of other countries at the wedding we attended, and I noticed at the airport a lot of families,” said Stacey Sickles, a traveler.

“The airports were crowded. I took two flights to get here and both flights were jampacked,” said Devin Wilcox, a traveler.

And it wasn’t just air travel picking up. AAA predicted busier roads this weekend compared to last year. Those returning from the Eastern Shore certainly felt that with a backup that was miles long to get over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

But however people traveled, some simple advice applies: Pack your patience and give yourself plenty of time.

“Hop on the taxi and get to your airport at least three to four hours early. Don’t wait last minute,” said Glen Gabriel, a traveler.

“Bring snacks, arrive early and be gentle with fellow travelers. It’s a stressful time,” said Stacey Sickels, a traveler.

As for Boyce’s bag, the airline promised to rush it to his home, but he’s not sure exactly when he’ll get it back.

“We’re getting married in a few weeks, so my tuxedo is in there, but hopefully, it will be here in a matter of 18 days,” Boyce said.

According to AAA, international travel has increased dramatically by more than 40% over last year.

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