AUSTIN (KXAN) - The kids are officially on holiday break and a lot of people are off of work so that means many are headed out for the holidays.
And that translates into long lines at the airport.
But unlike Thanksgiving where there's a big rush on Wednesday and then the trip home on Sunday -- the Christmas holiday means the airport is busy all week long.
In fact, at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, they are seeing 6 percent more passengers this year compared to last year.
It's a result of airlines adding more flights and that means more travelers headed to the airport.
However across the country there may be fewer people in other airports.
AAA estimates that about 43.3 million travelers will fly between Dec. 21 and Jan. 4 -- that's a 1 percent drop from last year, which translates into about 20,000 fewer passengers per day.
Those traveling should keep in mind -- don't wrap gifts you may be taking with you, put no larger than 3-ounce containers in plastic bags -- and for parents, remember that kids younger than 12 can keep their shoes on while going through security.
For those picking someone up at the airport, there's a new waiting lot.
"We have a new free cell phone waiting area. You get there by the cargo exit, that's the Spirit of Texas Avenue exit, there's a flight information display there so you can see if the flight's on time, phone calls to your loved one, and drive to the terminal and pick them up," said Jim Halbrook, ABIA spokesman.
Airport officials recommend arriving at the airport two hours prior to a flight because the waiting times at the security line are between 45 minutes and one hour.
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