Busiest Thanksgiving for travel in more than a decade

Andrew Cummings
November 23, 2017

"They are down about 23% from where they were a year ago", Parmenter said.

The Thanksgiving travel crush is on! The worst time will be around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

This is due to daily commuters mixing with holiday travelers heading out.

Airlines for America, the lobbying group for several major airlines, forecasts that more than 28 million passengers will fly on USA airlines in the 12-day period between Friday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 28. The average mileage for these long-distance Turkey Day trips (classified by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics as to and from a destination 50 miles or more away) is a whopping 214 miles.

Take breaks by stopping and resting when exhausted. About 89 percent of holiday travelers, or 45.5 million, will be hitting the road. "We encourage everyone to travel safely and limit unsafe behaviors like distracted or impaired driving". Nine out of 10 people will travel between Wednesday and Sunday.

This week is the single busiest travel time of the year.

"When I was younger, probably when I was seven or eight but once we got older we decided that flying was a little easier".

Getting through airports may take longer this year.

As of Wednesday night, the Spokane International Airport's website shows only a couple of delays.

"There is no disturbance to anything that would affect passengers", she said. "There's like no traffic, which is like, amazing". AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins warns drivers, "dead batteries tend to come when people are leaving their lights on or they're keeping their cell phones plugged in, and it just drains out the battery". "Maybe the TSA finally got their act together". Armbruster said to make sure your vehicle is up to date on maintenance. So be careful when you're looking for that coveted close parking spot.

Alternate travel: 15,029 Tennesseans will travel by other means like trains, buses, and cruises.

"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season", said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president for travel and publishing.

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