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Highways, Trains And Planes Fill Up For Christmas Travel Rush

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The holiday travel rush is back on again as people get away for Christmas.

Long check-in lines could be seen at Los Angeles International Airport as travelers were making their way to destinations around across the globe for the holiday.

"We're going to Cancun. My parents and my sister and my baby and my husband are all headed there. We're super excited to spend the holidays there. It's been two years since we traveled. We've been vaccinated. We've been boosted, except for the baby. We're a little nervous about flying with her on the plane," said one traveler. "We did everything we could to take precautions."

Meanwhile, LAX tweeted that Friday marked its busiest travel day for TSA since the year 2020.

Travelers are advised to plan ahead and arrive early, and some people took that to heart - showing up three hours before their scheduled departure times.

With COVID-19 cases surging, and the pandemic still very much present in the day-to-day lives of Americans, traveling isn't as easy as it used to be, especially for those traveling internationally.

One traveler told of the different hoops he had to jump through so his family could take a much needed trip to Switzerland. Scott Depenbrok from Los Angeles, had to work overtime to make sure they would be able to enjoy the slopes, "Well, it took me many, many, many hours to get it all set up and uploaded to the portals, get all the testing done all the arrangements."

Anyone traveling into LAX, from out of state or out of country, over the age of 16, is required to fill out an online form, while anyone who travelled into the United states internationally must show a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their departure.

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