Travelers experience traffic delays on Thanksgiving eve

Travelers experience traffic delays on Thanksgiving eve (ABC7)

With bags packed and stomachs empty, people from all over have been passing through Reagan National Airport.

AAA estimates that nearly 50 million Americans will join them. That’s a 3.3 percent increase from last year.

Some like Marisa Harrington are feeling the impact.

Her son missed his flight on Wednesday night after they drove from Virginia Beach. He’s trying to get to Indiana for Thanksgiving.

“We got stuck in 6 hours of traffic for a three-hour ride,” said Harrington.

“Why did you become so emotional about him missing it? Asked ABC7’s Anna-Lysa Gayle.

“Because I know that his dad is on this other side of this flight waiting to pick him up,” said Harrington.

Norma Kaehler also experienced the same delays when driving to the airport on the GW Parkway.

“It is a bit of a nightmare, advice—get on the metro,” said Kaehler.

Despite minor setbacks, Harrington like many others remain thankful.

“We just went through a huge ordeal, where my youngest son was missing for a week. I’m absolutely thankful he’s back home,” said Harrington.

“I am thankful for my wonderful family and the wonderful people that I work with,” said Kaehler.

“I thank god for everything, all the blessings,” said Violet Golding.

“I’m just thankful for being here, I celebrated my 60th birthday, it’s just really really special to me,” said Sheila Kelsey who returned home to Glendale, Md. on Wednesday.

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