Mid-Missourians Head Out Of Town For Holidays

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COLUMBIA - Meredith Miles can't wait to see family in Wisconsin.

"I can't wait to eat the green beans, brussel sprouts and the sweet potatoes," Miles said, just before checking into the last flight out of Columbia Regional Airport on Wednesday.

Miles decided not to fly out of Lambert Field in St Louis or Kansas City International or make the eight hour drive home.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says Miles is not the norm because 91% travelling a long distance for the holidays will do so in a personal vehicle such as a car.

"I wouldn't want to drive and if I didn't fly I would want to find someone to drive me," Miles said.

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation says during the six days between Wednesday and the Monday after Thanksgiving, the number of long-distance trips increases by 54% with the average trip length being 214 miles.

And even though the City of Columbia didn't provide specifics about airlift or people driving in or out of the city, the last flight on Delta seemed filled and the highways were packed.

For Miles, flying instead of driving translates into one important thing for her. 

"That means more time with family, she said.