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Number Of Passengers Departing BNA Breaks Record

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 20:56:02-04

A record breaking number of people left Nashville International Airport Monday following the CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo music festival, but the lines were surprisingly short.

Ticket sales indicated about 23,000 people departed compared to 20,699 in 2015.

A hip hop artist by the name of "Yelawolf" had no one in front of him in the TSA lines. Yelawolf said,  "I'm glad I'm here early. I'm getting it!" 

He was in town to play downtown at CMA fest. Yelawolf said, "I was trying to get it on the way here but I couldn't get it I got stuck in traffic. Now I'm trying to get it all the way to Europe."

He was happy there wasn't a long line. Yelawolf said, "I love Nashville. I call it "Trashville" sometimes. But today it's just good ole Nashville," he said.

Airport officials said they were happy with the results. They expected a surge most days between 3p.m. and 5p.m. Monday.

On Tuesday, they expected 19,000 people to depart so officials have asked people to get to the airport 2 hours early. 

Brett Klapper said, "I've been sitting here for a good hour now, there's not that many people here. It looks fine! That's funny I didn't realize that."

Extra volunteers were on deck to mitigate the lines and dozens of TSA officers came in from across the country to help.

Mariela Rivera said she went to Bonarroo in 2013 and the airport was a train wreck. "I think I just feel spoiled this time compared to the last time I came," she said.