Updated 09/06/2012 02:50 PM
Shut out of speech, DNC travelers make plans to head home
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CHARLOTTE -- There were small crowds at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport on Thursday, but that's expected to change once the Democratic National Convention is over.
The change of venue for President Barack Obama's acceptance speech left tens of thousands of people with no place to go. So US Airways is offering to fly people out of town a day earlier with no extra fee.
A group of Mississippi women drove into town to see the president.
"We drove 700 miles to get here so we are kind of saddened," said Jackie Washington
Washington organized the nine-hour trip from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to uptown Charlotte.
"We came through Isaac here so we are used to a little thunder and lightning. So we are good,"Jackie Washington
Instead of getting an early start on the road back to Mississippi, the women say they will stay put so they can be a part of the convention action.
"Just to be in the same area of President Obama is just exciting," said Rose Juzang.