Busy travel day ahead of Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Honolulu International Airport

Wednesday was one of the busiest travel days of the year with people traveling to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones.

Thousands made their way through Honolulu International Airport.

The Hawaiian Airlines check-in kiosks were crowded Wednesday morning. Many told KHON2 they were traveling to neighbor islands to visit family.

Airport officials advise passengers to arrive a few hours before your flight, and travelers did just that.

“I got here real early. I don’t like the stress of it when we leave super late,” said Jeff Syrop.

“(We) just came back from San Francisco yesterday and that airport it was a colossal mess. That’s about what is was. It was crowded with people waiting in long lines,” said Daryl Gabriel.

Experts say the next few days will be busy at airports all across the nation.

The other big travel day will be this Sunday, when those travelers return home.

The U.S. Department of State issued a worldwide travel alert in light of possible risks due to increased terrorist threats.

“So as Americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones, I want them to know that our counter-terrorism intelligence homeland security and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime,” President Barack Obama said Wednesday. “They are continually monitoring threats at home and abroad continually evaluating our security posture, they’re constantly working to protect all of us.”

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