Big crowds, short waits on busiest air travel day of the year

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The airport's website says it should only take about 20 minutes to get through security.
ATLANTA, Ga. —

Wait times have dropped getting through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The airport's website says it should only take about 20 minutes to get through security.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach went to the airport on Sunday, which is the busiest travel day of the year.

Outside, he saw a steady stream of cars dropping people off. Inside, he saw the check-in for Airtran and Southwest flights overflowing with customers.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving is considered the busiest air-travel day of the year. As the world's busiest airport, lines at Hartsfield are expected to be long.

The good news, unlike Wednesday when many were trying to get to Thanksgiving dinner, there is no major storm backing things up around the country.

So far, Gehlbach said the departure boards shows all flights on time.

He asked one passenger trying to make it home to New Orleans what he expects.

"I'm flying pretty early, so I don't think it will be terrible; try to get in early and try to get through everything and through traffic," said Daniel Johnson.

Officials advise people flying out today or dropping off a relative to be patient and give themselves plenty of extra time.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News for updates and click here to monitor possible airport delays.