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SXSW 'mass exodus' at ABIA Sunday

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ABIA was full of musicians on Sunday as South By Southwest 2014 came to a close.

Bands like the Trash Pop Icons from San Francisco waited patiently for their plane with their instruments at their feet.

"It was awesome!  We've never been to Texas, we've never been to SXSW, it was definitely crazier than we expected!  We're exhausted, we arrived on Monday.  It's been nothing but shows and interviews since then.  It's been so great," said Trash Pop's Nadia Zep.

Zep says the crowds at the airport really aren't all that bad considering what they usually deal with.

"We're used to San Francisco airport and that's always crazy so really this has been really refreshing," she said.

Regardless, ABIA says March is one of the busiest months the airport has because of events like South By Southwest, Rodeo Austin, UIL, and the first iHeartRadio Country music festival.
Airport officials are encouraging flyers to show up at least 90 minutes ahead of their flights.
Most of those we spoke with weren't having any trouble though and were just ready to get home.

Like the Trash Pop Icons, Walter Barker is also headed back to San Fran...he's not a musician though, just an avid SXSW attendee.
He's been here since the very beginning -- staying through the Interactive, Film and Music portions.

"It's exhausting, I'm ready to get back home.  It's been fantastic here.  The weather in the bay I hear has been phenomenal.  Ready to get back, unwind, sit on my couch but it's been a great experience and...really wouldn't trade it for the world," Barker said.

There was a little bit of trouble at the airport earlier this week.
As South By attendees were flying out, many were putting their bags of free promotional materials in their suitcases, which apparently slowed down the TSA screening process and caused some flight delays.
The TSA sent us information suggesting that passengers put those 'goody bags' in their carry on bags and put them in a bin at the security checkpoint for faster screening.

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