Thanksgiving Commute Surprisingly Light

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Travelers heading home for the holidays were treated to a surprisingly easy commute on the runway and the highway.

Typically, the Sunday after Thanksgiving is almost always a big headache, but it looks like that trend is slowing down, for at least one year.

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport hardly resembled the circus most travelers have come to expect at the end of the holiday weekend. And while no one is complaining, they are a little bit surprised.

"I like it," says Lori Hagstron who flew in from Phoenix. "Whatever it is. Maybe people spaced out their trips really well."

"I think (travelers) are giving it a lot more time," says Jackie Debeche, also from Phoenix. "It's just been in and out, real quick."

About twenty thousand travelers passed through the airport, which is about eight thousand more than average.

An airport spokesperson says increased staffing and good planning by travelers helped make things run smoothly.

"They're traveling smarter than they used to," says spokesman Trish Tucker. "Usually we see a little congestion, but it's not there anymore."

Decent weather across the country, especially in the states traveling to and from Reno were also major factors. And about 90 percent of the airport's flights left or landed on time.

Cars that took off for the big weekend on Wednesday packed highways all over the Truckee Meadows, but much like the airports, coming back was a different story.

"We've been accident free in Reno," says Trooper Scott Simon of the Nevada Highway Patrol. "We expected it to be a lot heavier compared to last year."