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Thanksgiving travel heavy at Lawton airport

Lawton_The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, and many drivers packed up the car to drive family members, while others took to the sky.  The Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport was a lot busier than usual on Wednesday.  There were seven flights out of Lawton, and they were packed.

There were still a few tickets available online for last-minute travelers - but, not many.  "The loads are pretty heavy today," said Airport Manager Barbara McNally.  "The terminal's been really full, so it's a regular holiday travel day.  It's been busy."

Charlotte Utley booked her flight in September, and has gotten used to Thanksgiving travel.  "I've flown the past two years as well, and I haven't had any trouble in Dallas or anywhere," she said.  However, some aren't used to Thanksgiving air travel - particularly kids.  Little Adrian took the first flight of his life on Wednesday.  "This is his first Thanksgiving with my family," said his mother Lisa Marie Sutton.  "We're going up to Indianapolis to see them, and it's his first time.  I don't know how it's going to be.  It's shocking for both of us right now."

Others have flown more than 10,000 times - but not usually as a passenger.  "I'm leaving today because I'm scheduled to be in Chicago-O'Hare tomorrow," said Pilot Mayo Elliot.  "I've got flights scheduled based on the availability or need of pilots tomorrow in O'Hare."  But, don't blame Elliot if your flight is delayed.  Most of Lawton's flights were on time - coming and going.  "The morning flights got out fine," said McNally.  "I understand there might be a mechanical delay with one of the afternoon flights, but it's just a typical, typical day."

Even at an airport as small as Lawton's, some folks still had to wait a few extra hours before they could get to grandma's.  One flight was scheduled to depart from Lawton to Atlanta at 12:43 p.m., but didn't land in Lawton until 2:30 p.m. - they finally left around 3 p.m. 

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