Air travel for the holiday weekend down from last year
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- AAA says there are more people traveling this holiday than last year, but the number traveling by air is down from a year ago. Two and a half million will take a plane to a vacation spot, whereas 2.7 million took that option in 2011.
At Syracuse's Hancock Airport, there is some concern that a reputation for quick handling of people passing through security has led to travelers arriving later and later for flights. That, in turn, is causing longer lines and more backups in security screening.
“We really want people to try to get here as early as possible, especially for those early morning flights. So we're asking them to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to their scheduled departure. Just to help keep people flowing through the checkpoint quickly,” said Syracuse Aviation Commissioner Christina Reale.
The commissioner says increased numbers if flights in the morning hours are adding to longer lines than usual for security screening.