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BNA warns travelers of higher traffic volume

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Tens of thousands of travelers are making their way across Middle Tennessee Sunday night after the long holiday weekend.

But if you still have to catch a flight, you may want to leave early. Officials at Nashville International Airport are warning travelers to expect higher than normal traffic.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving started with a mad dash to Nashville International Airport and a few delays as thousands made the long voyage home.

"We've gotta go back to work and school in the morning," passenger Lauren Starwalt explained.

Hays Green expected to see more people at the airport this afternoon. "I think a lot of people traveled this morning to beat the rush they just traveled earlier in the day."

Friends and family dropping off loved ones created a bottleneck outside the airport, while inside, long lines snaked through the terminal.

"We're expecting more than 19,000 passengers coming through BNA today as well as tomorrow," Emily Richard with Nashville International explained.

But by late Sunday afternoon, the lines thinned out.

"It was surprisingly one of the easiest trips. I've been home probably three times this past semester and this was the easiest trip. No delay, nothing," Hunter Ralston said.

Nicole Starwalt said she was pleasantly surprised. "Wednesday was awful busy in Minneapolis, but it's super not bad at all."

But officials at BNA warn travelers not to get too comfortable.

"Monday morning and Tuesday morning are going to be very high volume," Richard explained. "We're expecting double our normal volume of passengers."

That means more long lines on the horizon.

Nashville International made a number of changes to the roads, parking areas and the terminal in recent weeks. Airport officials are warning travelers to be mindful of that as well as you head to the airport.

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