CLEVELAND -- The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest airport travel days of the year. From Nov. 16 to Nov. 27, nearly 24 million travelers are expected to take to the skies.
Passengers came ready to fight the crowds at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Andre Bolcy expected "just a lot of waiting a lot of anticipating," but... "on the contrary, it's the complete opposite," said Bolcy.
Lines were almost non-existent at check-in and security checkpoints moved quickly. Anticipating trouble with parking, Bob Carlisle came to pick up his daughter who's flying in from LA. a whole hour early.
But it took no time to park, leaving him with a lot of time left to entertain himself. "I was just flabbergasted when I walked in here. I expected to see people packed... basically empty," said Carlisle.
Despite the less than bustling look, a Hopkins spokesperson says they expect to see a 5 percent increase in travelers. But with fewer flights nationwide, the planes will be packed, up to 90 percent full.
Nevertheless, the passengers we spoke to were a lot thankful for the slow ease into the Thanksgiving travel.