Last-minute holiday travelers make their way

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 1:01am

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 4:51pm

In the wake of Christmas Eve, lots of folks are on the road or in the air to see loved ones.  We talked to people who are leaving the state, as well as coming home for the holidays. Travelers we talked to who are heading "over the river and through the woods" say they're trying to hit the trail early to avoid extra traffic. 

The holiday hustle is winding down, but for some traveling on Christmas Eve--it means boarding a plane, or hopping into a car to get there just in time.  I'm going to leave baton rouge and stop by my mom's in Donaldsonville, then we're going to hit the french quarter.  It's easier to get around by car.

And whether traveling near or far, travelers can agree:  "We're trying to get home, trying to get out the traffic," one traveler said.  "I'm going back in this traffic," said Claude Davis.  "We're expecting a lot of people because it is Christmas Eve," said Kumar.

On the other hand, Administration says Christmas Eve might not be a bad day for airplane travel after all.  Jim Caldwell with the Baton Rouge Metro Airport said, "Actually, it's starting to get quiet. Most people have traveled now. You know we'll still have some flights throughout the evening, but it's been about 3,000 people on the peak days. You probably have less than 500 people in here right now."
And while some are heading out, others are coming home.  Clayton Delaune said, "[I'm] coming home for Christmas leave. I'm stationed in Virginia; I'm in the army. I'm just coming home to visit my family

And for Delaune, that's when the Long Lines, traffic, and lengthy trips make it all worthwhile.
He says it's all about "the look on their face when you get off the plane, it just gets to ya."


Buckle up and drive safely.

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