Roads, skies expected to be more crowded than usual for Thanksgiving travelers this year

Mark Abrams
November 08, 2018 - 8:45 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- If travel is on your Thanksgiving menu, you'll have plenty of company.

If you're flying out of Philadelphia International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration is expecting bigger crowds this holiday.

In fact, the TSAs Mark Howell says screeners are expecting the rush to get out of town will begin earlier than usual.

"The busiest days in Philadelphia looks like it's going to be the Friday prior to Thanksgiving and the Sunday after," Howell said.

And, Howell says, the TSA is projecting 365,000 passengers will go through checks at Philly International.

"The peak days there are going to be around 40,000 to 42,000, much heavier than what we see on a regular day," he said. "We recommend you get to the airport at least two hours ahead of your scheduled departure time, and that's going to give you plenty of time to get through the check-in and security screening process in time to catch your flight."

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If you're driving, AAA Mid-Atlantic suggests packing your partience as well, because the roads will be busy starting the day before Thanksgiving.

"We're going to see the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2005," said AAA Mid-Atlantic's Jana Tidwell. "It's a 13-year record high."

Tidwell says AAA estimates nearly 55 million people across the country will drive to be with family.

And she says even though gas prices are a little higher than they were a year ago, they're not a factor.

"Gas prices are not impacting travel in terms of turning people away," Tidwell said.