Some are flying out of Phoenix for the Thanksgiving holiday

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- Travelers have been warned to leave early if they're heading out to the airport.

More than 1 million Arizonans plan to travel this thanksgiving weekend, and while the vast majority will hit the road to their destination, nearly 72,000 folks will fly, up nearly 5% from last year.

A frequent flier said regardless of the increased numbers, he believes Sky Harbor can handle the increased traffic.

"You know it sounds like I'm a homer, but we have a great airport," said the man, identified only as "Steve". "It's so easy to get around, the lines are manageable. You know, I fly a lot. This is the best airport that I fly through."

Texas-bound Noell said he anticipated larger crowds, and arrived extra early.

"Took the shuttle right in, no problem, but I'm sure it's going to be," said Noell. "I'm going home probably for the first holiday Thanksgiving in probably 30-something years with my family, so, with my brothers and mom and dad all together at the same time."

For about an hour, a glitch caused American Airlines to lose the ability to allow passengers to use their app, kiosks and limited computers for boarding passes, creating some pretty long lines. The issue, however, was resolved quickly. No one missed their flight, and passengers stayed calm.