Holiday travelers face busy day in the air, on the roads

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s considered the busiest travel day of the year, and it was definitely living up to its name. AAA expects more than 43 million Americans will travel somewhere this weekend, and many of those include Hoosiers who may be dealing with airport delays.

At the Indianapolis International Airport, some flights were delayed by as much as an hour, especially those to the big cities of the northeast because of weather.

“The flight coming in from, I don’t know where it was coming from, was delayed so we were delayed getting out,” said traveler Belinda Betton, “probably about a half hour.”

Betton flew here from Los Angeles. She wasn’t even in the big northeast storm, but was still delayed and was greeted by cold weather, not Southern California weather.

“Oh, it’s nice and warm there, don’t know why I’m here,” Betton said.

Yes, she does. To celebrate Thanksgiving just like millions of other travelers.

Joy Atkins flew to Indianapolis from Baltimore, Md., and planned to meet her daughter at the same time, but both of their flights were delayed an hour.

“We came up with a few contingency plans if I got stranded or she got stranded what would we do to try and connect again,” Atkins said.

Some folks decided to drive somewhere this year. Indiana State Police took note of that, and let Fox 59 go along for a check of driving safety along U.S. 31.

Troopers saw mostly speed violations, but also saw unsafe lane movement and seat belt violations. In just a few hours, they made 137 stops and issued 107 tickets.

Troopers say don’t be in a hurry and make sure you pay attention–there’s going to be a lot more traffic than what you’re used to.

Call your airline if you’re concerned with weather delays, and bring a book or a game for the kids, because you may be delayed.