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From the airport to the malls, the rush is on

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - If you're rushing out to catch a flight or heading to the mall for some last-minute shopping don't worry you are not alone.

At airports and stores around the country the holiday rush is on!

"This is one of the busiest travel seasons we've had in awhile," Katie Jones said. 

Welcome to San Diego International Airport -- where many people are playing the waiting game.

David Tong and his University of Chicago swim team had plenty of down time before they headed back to the windy city.

"It's...it's huge. I mean the line is so long just to get to check in. So many people, it's difficult," Tong said. 

"That over there is mayhem," Bill Ivey said. 

Ivey spent 30 minutes trying to find his mom who flew into town and in this mess, he'll probably be looking awhile longer. 

"I expect to probably be here another half hour to find her. She's only about 5-feet tall," Ivey said. 

Airport officials suggest getting to Lindbergh Field an hour and a half early for domestic flights, and two and a half hours early for international flights. 

Not only is the airport overflowing, but so are San Diego stores. 

CBS News 8 found a lot of last minute shoppers trying to score some last minute deals many stores are offering. 

Jennifer Genne hit up Target where they were offering 10 percent off to everyone as an apology for a recent credit card security breach. 

"It was busy but they had it very well organized when you went to check out. They had one uniform line and they sent people to each register that was open," Genne said. 

The crowds may have been calm, but her shopping day was far from over. 

"We are headed to Costco today...wish us luck," Genne said.

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