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Sounds of the Holiday Shuffle Around D.C.

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Sounds of the Holiday Shuffle Around D.C.

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The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Hear a sampling of the sounds of travel in Washington, D.C. — Union Station, Reagan National Airport and the Greyhound bus station.


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.


And I'm Michele Norris.

We all knew it was coming, so while here, the rush is on. And this is the sound of a holiday.

(Soundbite of montage)

Unidentified Woman #1: Caution. The moving walkway is empty. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Unattended baggage is subject to search. Please contact your air carrier or a TSA person. Your vehicles maybe ticketed and towed.

Unidentified Man #1: Help with your bags. Help to the station. Help to your taxis.

Unidentified Woman #2: You're going to go door number one. You have your ticket already. Make sure you have your bags tagged.

Unidentified Woman #3: All right, yeah.

Unidentified Woman #4: It really doesn't tell me how long it takes to reach the airport, so I have to assume it's…

Unidentified Woman #5: Good afternoon, everyone. For Richmond, all point south. Also for Springfield, Woodridge, Triangle, Virginia.

Unidentified Man #2: Anyone needs a Red Cab service, here to help you.

Unidentified Woman #6: I don't need assistance, thank you.

Unidentified Woman #7: No, honey, this is self-serve.

Unidentified Woman #8: I'm on a train to Philly, and I was wondering how to figure out what gate it's…

Unidentified Man #3: Two dollars, you just gave me for the bag goes to U.S. Air, not to the Skycap. Now, the airline is taking the tips out of the Skycap's pocket, and we are the ones doing the work out here and now we pay the airline. So…

Unidentified Woman #9: I can get out of the train. It didn't say 12:25…

Unidentified Male #4: Right. It doesn't matter what time.

Unidentified Woman #9: Okay.

Unidentified Man #4: It's valid for any time.

Unidentified Woman #10: Hi, good evening.

Unidentified Woman #11: Happy holidays.

Unidentified Woman #12: Happy Thanksgiving.

Unidentified Woman #11: You're all set?

Unidentified Woman #13: Happy Thanksgiving.

NORRIS: The sounds from the day before Thanksgiving 2007 from the nation's capital, Union Station, the Greyhound bus terminal and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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