Dallas' Love Field evacuates during holiday rush after smoke from air-conditioning

Travelers who were evacuated had to go through security screening again.

New York— -- Dallas Love Field evacuated early Friday at the height of the holiday travel rush after an air-conditioning unit started to emit smoke, the airport said in a statement.

Hundreds of travelers were evacuated from the airport at around 4:33 a.m. due to the smoke from overheating in the air-conditioning unit, the statement said.

“Firefighters had the issue resolved in less than 20 minutes before travelers were let back into the airport,” the airport said.

According to AAA, 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will be traveling this holiday season.