Elaine Alexander and her three sisters-in-law laughed as they described their decision to visit family in Chicago for an all-girls Thanksgiving.
“We needed a break,” said Alexander, a retired Oklahoma City resident.
“They probably needed one, too,” she said, speaking about their husbands, who are all staying in Oklahoma City for the holiday.
Workers at Will Rogers World Airport are preparing for a busy Thanksgiving workweek.
They expect an increase of about 5,000 travelers from a typical week, airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said.
Carney said on average the airport would see closer to 8,000 passengers over that same time frame.
“Usually the Wednesday before and the Sunday after are the two busiest days and considered the busiest days of the year,” Carney said.
Coletta Garfield manages the airport's janitorial services.
She said they are in the process of hiring 20 temporary workers, doubling their current staff.
“We have to do extra staffing and extra supplies because it's a constant flow of travelers,” Garfield said.
Although staff expect to stay busy, many travelers at the airport Tuesday agreed that Oklahoma City is a less hectic place to fly through.
Spencer Prudhomme, a 24-year-old University of Central Oklahoma graduate student, was traveling back home to Canada.
He said he travels there frequently, and compared to the many airports he has been through, Will Rogers World Airport is a welcome change of pace.
“It's a lot faster to get through, especially if you're doing an international flight,” Prudhomme said.
“They're quick. They're thorough, but quick. And, they're friendlier, which I think helps.”
Natasha Sebunya, 20, a student at the University of Oklahoma, echoed the sentiment. Sebunya, a native of Tanzania, said she has flown internationally many times.
“It's nicer because there are not as many lines and not as many people, and it's a lot quicker to go through stuff,” Sebunya said.
“It's a lot less stressful than everywhere else.”