Those coming and going at ORF mostly positive on busy travel Friday


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It’s a record breaking year for holiday travelers in the commonwealth.

According to AAA, 2.8 million people are traveling by car.

“Getting here actually was pretty busy. There was a lot of traffic,” D’mon Mitchell said. 

Hundreds of thousands more are traveling by plane, but all likely share the same excitement.

“I’m ecstatic, I’m so excited to go home. That’s all I’ve been thinking about the past two or three weeks,” Wade Cain said. 

Jet-setters we spoke with at Norfolk International Airport said the Christmas crowd wasn’t too bad.

“I was honestly expecting it to be like way busier,” Cain said.

Travelers flying into Hampton Roads told 10 On Your Side it was a different story at other airports.

“The wait to go through security was about one hour,” said Alex Morozof. “We got there about an hour and a half before. We have TSA pre check so for us it was much faster.

Mitchell is heading home for the first time in a while. He just returned from deployment on the USS Harry S. Truman.

“It feels fantastic. Like I can’t believe it at first,” he said. “It feels great especially going home and seeing my brothers and sisters and my mom.”

The day didn’t go without headaches though. Several flights were delayed. 

One flight from Norfolk to New York was canceled. 

No matter where you’re headed, one flight attendant offered this piece of advice.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff. If something happens, just take it easy and it will all be OK,” said Janice Johnson, a Southwest Airlines employee. 

If you’re flying this holiday season, airport officials are encouraging travelers to check their flight status before heading to the airport. 

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