Airport packed as travelers head out for holiday

Holiday travelers pack Armstrong International Airport on day before Thanksgiving

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is packed as travelers get ready to leave for their holiday destinations.

According to AAA, 1.6 million more people are expected to travel this year than in 2016, making it the busiest Thanksgiving for travel since 2005.

More people will also be traveling by plane this year. The report claims the reason for this is because of the decrease in cost of plane tickets.

Flyers on average will pay 23 percent less for their ticket than last year, making it the lowest price in five years.

Many travelers in New Orleans have been caught off guard by line, and are having trouble finding parking.

"I am very surprised that's its this bad," said Christa Mincey who is traveling to Atlanta. "I'm glad I showed up when I did otherwise I might not have made my flight."

A tip for helping the line move along is by making sure travelers have their ID and ticket ready to go. Also, making sure shoes are removed ahead of the X-ray machine can make the line move quicker.