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It has begun. The annual migration of families nationwide to spend the holidays with loved ones. Bill Carey says the signs of the travel rush being on are clear at Syracuse's Hancock Airport.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The holidays are always a busy travel time. But the travel season is a bit longer this year, in part due to the fact that Christmas comes in the middle of the week. Despite all of the usual pressures, the people at Syracuse's Hancock Airport say things should go smoothly.

"Arrive early enough to go through the screening process, get to your gate and not feel rushed. It is. Traveling is a stressful thing. Absolutely. And during the holidays, it's even more stressful," said Christina Callahan, Syracuse Aviation Commissioner.

The biggest question for many travelers is whether they should be waiting until they get to their destination before wrapping gifts.

Callahan said, "They can be wrapped. If your gift sets off an alarm while it's being screened, they will ask you to unwrap it. So we suggest that people don't travel with wrapped gifts."

Those who are headed to the airport are seeing few delays being reported nationwide, a good sign. Although, over the next two weeks, any weather problems can wreak havoc will the travel system.

"You have to watch the weather. But there's not much you can do about it, so sometimes you just have to hunker down," said holiday traveler Patrick Murphy.

In the end, the feeling of anticipation, the waiting to get to where you're going or to welcome a loved one home, may be the greatest source of the stress felt in every airport terminal.

"A lot really, because you want them to be here when you expect them to be here. Seeing as how Christmas is not that far away," said Nicole Guthman.

If you wanted to fly in or out of Syracuse in the next few days, you might have a problem. Most of the flights coming in and going out are fully booked. The only exception is on Christmas Day itself.

Callahan said, "And everyone says it's the best day to travel on Christmas Day. You get the lowest fares that day."

How much of a difference did the travel day make in the cost of a trip? Well, if you were to fly from Syracuse to Chicago anytime this weekend, the fare would be about $300. Wait until Christmas Day and you'd pay less than $200.

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