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Airports prepare for holiday traffic

November 18, 2010, 04:48 pm

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. While some people drive to reach their destination, many opt to fly to visit loved ones across the country.

The Federal Aviation Administration is taking steps to help prevent passengers from getting travel woes from delays and other complications. As early as November 23, air traffic controllers may begin to route flight through areas that are normally off-limits to help ease congestion and accommodate more flights.

National Air Traffic Controllers Association president Paul Rinaldi says there is a strong commitment to safety.

"The nation's air traffic controllers are committed to upholding the safety of the system while working the most efficient airspace system in the world," says Rinaldi. "Over the past year we've experienced a movement toward collaboration at all levels of the agency and we look forward to continuing to work together to improve air travel for the flying public."

It's important for pilots and passengers alike to plan their trips in advance. With more flights scheduled around Thanksgiving, private pilots need to be extra mindful of other aircraft in the sky. Having pilot insurance is also important to have before taking off, should a collision happen.

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