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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Despite the pandemic, AAA estimates around 85 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3. 

Airport officials at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport say holiday travel is down from last year, but they don't have official numbers just yet. Wednesday is expected to be the busiest day for travel during the Christmas season this year. 

During the Thanksgiving holiday, 50 million people traveled. During this Christmas season, some have reservations about flying -- but others are not worried at all. 

Airport officials told CBS 58 they are taking precautions to make sure it is safe to fly. 

"We have extra cleaning going in the airport. We have social distancing markers. We’re telling all of the passengers to wear masks when they come into the airport," said Christie green, marketing coordinator for Mitchell International Airport. 

"Actually had a lot of reservations. I took a lot of precautions. I’m going to visit my brother and his family and I know they took a lot of precautions. We both had some conversations before we decided to have me go out, but ultimately I haven’t seen them in over a year, so I decided to go out and make the trip," traveler Elsie Driffen said.

Travelers are encouraged to get to the airport one to two hours before their flight. 

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