Smooth travels out of Tampa the day before Thanksgiving

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — On Thanksgiving Eve, Tampa International Airport is perhaps one of the most popular spots in town and while the weather is still beautiful here in the Tampa Bay area, inclement weather across the country could impact flights.

Over the past few days, parts of the country have been hit with snow and freezing rain, like Minnesota and Upstate New York.

Traveling from Tampa to Michigan, Teresa Green has almost everything she needs to beat the cold. “I have a jacket, a hat, a scarf…but no mittens,” said Green.

Charles Hawkins has precious cargo with him, his grandson, Titus, who is flying for the very first time.

Hawkins isn’t very concerned about the weather, but he is keeping an eye on the crowds.

“Stay watchful, keep an eye on your luggage, keep an eye on your surroundings,” said Hawkins.

NBC News reports Airlines for America, an industry trade group, estimates 27.3 million people will fly worldwide on domestic airlines between Nov. 18 and Nov. 29. That equates to an average 2.27 million people every day — up 2.5 percent from last year.

As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, only a handful of flights were delayed out of Tampa International Airport and security lines appeared to be moving smoothly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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