Day before Thanksgiving is busiest travel day of the year

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as the busiest travel day of the year.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and airport officials are reminding travelers to pack their patience before heading out.

MHP implemented a new plan that involves working with other state agencies to make sure everyone arrives alive. The initiative is called “Line to Line.”

“We’re going to have about 16 to 20 troopers between Southaven and McComb area,” Cpl. Eric Henry of MHP said. “Last time we had Troopers in different areas but this time we’re going to kind of saturate I-55 that’s where most of our crashes have been occurring.”

Last year’s Thanksgiving weekend was the deadliest in the last five years.

“That’s the last thing that you want to do during the holidays is get killed out here on the highway for you know speeding or not wearing your seat belt,” he said.

While troopers are ramping up their presence for the weekend, the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority for their busiest day as well.

“We have very heavy days today one of our busiest days is today, of course, the day before Thanksgiving but surprisingly enough our heaviest day this season is going to be Sunday returning home,” Bonnie Wilson said.

They are expecting to see 4,000 people Sunday. Wilson said it’s best to arrive two hours before your departure time.

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