The arrival of spring break has made for some busy departures at San Antonio International Airport.
Many Monday morning travelers headed out of town said they found longer lines than usual at the airport’s security checkpoints and ticket counters.
As an airport ambassador, Shirley Basham got to hear their complaints and try to put a smile back on their faces.
“Most of all, what I hear is, ‘Is this the security line back here?’ You know, most of the time it's that. They're really shocked to see how long the lines are," she said.
Basham said at one point, the security line in Terminal A nearly stretched back into Terminal B.
The wait in line was a minor inconvenience for Monique Woodard and her family, who were already dreaming of their upcoming week in Puerto Vallarta.
"Just lie on the beach, relax, massages," she said, ticking off the list of activities she has planned.
For the Smith family, headed to San Diego, the vacation planning was left to the youngest members.
"We're going to do what the kids want to do and just have a good time and enjoy them,” said Carol Smith.
On their “must visit” list, they said, were Legoland, Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo.
The Estrada brothers, traveling to Las Vegas, meanwhile, had to get creative.
Neither of them is 21 years old yet, which means the gambling, drinking and other Sin City activities are off-limits to them.
“We're just going to try to find some things to do for under-21 people in Las Vegas,” said Stephen Estrada. “We’re really excited about the shows. We’re going to go see (singer) Cee Lo Green.”
Most spring break travelers said the main goal in getting out of town was to leave the baggage of everyday life behind.