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    OAKLAND (BCN) – The number of travelers departing Oakland International Airport more than doubled this Thanksgiving holiday week compared with last year, airport officials said Tuesday. Over 148,000 people departed the airport between Nov. 19 and Sunday, or 2.5 times the number last year during the same period and 77.5 percent of the 2019 pre-pandemic level. READ MORE: Man Charged With 4 Felonies In Danville, San Ramon Robbery Crime SpreeThe day when travel came the closest to reaching pre-pandemic levels was Nov. 21, when traffic was 86.3 percent of 2019’s total, according to airport officials. “While this Thanksgiving was certainly a busy one for Oakland International Airport, careful coordination and cooperation with our airline and security partners resulted in smooth operations at OAK throughout the travel week,” said Bryant Francis, director of aviation at the Port of Oakland, which operates the airport. READ MORE: OPD: 'Violent Robbery Caravans' Confronting Police On Oakland StreetsLast Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, was the busiest travel day of the holiday week, as nearly 17,300 people departed the airport. Sunday departures were close behind with...
    Travelers walk through the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on November 21, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.Matthew Hatcher | Getty Images U.S. airlines over Thanksgiving week had some of their busiest days since before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic as travelers returned in droves to reunite with family after a subdued holiday last year. The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 2.5 million people on Sunday, the most since Feb. 15, 2020. That was about 15% below the number of people TSA screened two years earlier. Airports, planes and parking lots were packed but travelers and airlines lucked out with mostly good weather and small numbers of cancellations, unlike the mass disruptions that affected hundreds of thousands of passengers during several episodes since this summer. Airlines including Southwest and American had offered flight attendants and other staff extra pay or bonuses for working holiday trips and meeting attendance goals. Despite the surge in air travel over the holiday, airlines are now facing a new challenge as more countries report cases of the omicron variant of Covid-19, just as international travel was...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The end of the Thanksgiving weekend shaping up to be one of the busiest for air travel since the pandemic began. The TSA says it expected to screen 2.4 million travelers Sunday. That's the most passengers screened in one day since the spring of 2020.There was a traffic mess at SFO Sunday afternoon, with cars dropping off loved ones for curbside goodbyes.SFO says here travel is still far from pre-pandemic levels but this weekend has been the busiest two years, with about 50,000 departures expected Sunday, 46,000 on Saturday."It's good to see a lot of people coming back, it's reassuring and refreshing, people feel confident traveling," said SFO Duty Manager Chris Morgan.RELATED: Thanksgiving travelers set pandemic record with more than 2.3 million in the air, TSA saysKaitlynn Lazaro from Gilroy was headed back to College in Colorado but never expected such a crowd."It was chaotic, a lot of people want to get back gome, it was hectic," said Lazaro.The Ramani family was returning home from New Jersey, they say COVID-19 cancelled their annual Thanksgiving gathering in...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Sunday is expected to be among busiest travel days of the year at Los Angeles International Airport as Thanksgiving flyers return home.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Sunday was expected to be the busiest day of the Thanksgiving travel season at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. The TSA estimated that more than 20 million would pass through screening points over the holiday season, with 10 percent of those travelers passing through LAX. As of Saturday night, TSA nationwide had screened 18.4 million travelers. READ MORE: Suspicious Vehicle Prompts Response From SWAT, Beverly Hills PoliceIn the ten days since the Thanksgiving travel period began, TSA has screened 2.2 million travelers on four different occasions with the largest number of travelers hitting the airports on Wednesday, marking a new pandemic record of more than 2.3 million people. READ MORE: Historic Season Ends In Heartbreak For California School For The Deaf - Riverside“It wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t too bad. It was more busy than earlier times in COVID, but it wasn’t miserable. It was nice to be back traveling again,” said one traveler. “It was great. It was great seeing family after such a long time after COVID,” said another traveler. “It’s...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The days leading up to Thanksgiving get all the hype when it comes to holiday travel. But with the weekend coming to a close, Logan Airport was packed on Sunday morning with people headed home from the holiday away. MassDOT also anticipates Sunday will be the busiest travel day on the roads. “The big roadways we track are the ones leading to far reaches of the state and out of state – 495, turnpike always the big ones,” Jonathan Gulliver, MassDOT Highway Administrator, said. ”A lot of people travel that way to go to their destinations and to return. (Interstate) 93, 95, all the biggest highways are the ones people to go. It really makes for difficult travel on those roadways if you have to be on them for any other reason.” MassDOT reminded drivers to be patient and stay focused on the road. Officials said distracted driving is to blame for most serious crashes this time of year.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Sunday is expected to be the worst time to travel.AAA said it is expecting a pandemic record to be set Sunday afternoon with millions heading home after Thanksgiving.TSA checkpoints screened 1.7 million travelers on just Friday alone as authorities said they expect to see about 2.4 million people traveling through the air Sunday.People have noticed the spike in travel on their flights."We were lucky to get really early flights where it looked like most people were trying to stay in bed, so we had no problems at all going through, but the plane was packed," said Mickey Shy, who was flying back to Chicago from California.Some came in last night ahead of the major rush."It was definitely a conscious decision, not only to avoid the traffic but also the price, for sure, was a big factor," said Joseph Petrullo, who was flying back from New Jersey.AAA said it expects airports like Midway to see the worst of it Sunday afternoon from about 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    MILLIONS of Americans have been placed under a winter weather warning as 'atmospheric rivers' threaten to drench Washington again. The turbulent weather conditions are set to cause chaos for the 53million people traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend. 2The Pacific Northwest is set to be battered by more heavy rains just after surviving severe floodingCredit: AP 2Forecasters warned the atmospheric river will dump inches of rain and could spark travel chaosCredit: WeatherBell Forecasters have warned up to 3inches of rain could fall in some areas, that are still restoring themselves after a bout of extreme weather earlier this month. They predict this atmospheric river - a huge plume of moisture extending over the Pacific and into the Northwest - could spark further floods as heavy rain causes rising rivers. Gary Schneider, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Seattle office, explained: "We are expecting rivers to rise, and possible flooding in some locations." Locals in Sumas and Everson in northwest Washington - which were both substantially damaged in the previous storm - were asked to voluntarily evacuate on Saturday night. An...
    MINNEAPOLS (WCCO)– The Transportation Security Administration announced the beginning of this year’s Thanksgiving travel rush. TSA says Wednesday was the busiest day for air travel in the U.S. since the pandemic began. On Wednesday alone, TSA reports 2,311,978 people passed through security. They said it is the highest number of daily passengers since Feb. 28, 2020, when 2,353,150 were screened. TSA checkpoint travel numbers are updated daily.   More On WCCO.com: Group Of 20-30 Robbers Swarm Burnsville Best Buy On Black Friday Family Of 5 Without Home After House Burns Down On Thanksgiving Historic Wabasha Street Caves In St. Paul Begins New Chapter 'A Very Unfortunate Accident': 5-Year-Old Boy Killed In Brooklyn Park Shooting Thanksgiving Evening
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Just hours shy of a pandemic travel record potentially being set, some travelers are choosing to avoid the big crowds and long wait times that are expected on Sunday.The video featured is from a previous report.According to TSA officials, Sunday is predicted to be one of the busiest travel days of the year as people return from their holiday trips.RELATED: Best time to buy holiday flights is before Halloween, analysts say as gas prices, demand skyrocket"We were lucky to get really early flights, where it looked like most people were trying to stay in bed, so we had no problems at all going through, but the plane was packed," said Mickey Shy, who is flying back from California"It was definitely a conscious decision, not only to avoid the traffic but also the price," added Joseph Petrullo, who is flying back from New Jersey. "For sure, was a big factor."In fact, TSA checkpoints nationwide screening 1.7 million travelers Friday alone, as authorities expect to see about 20 million people total take to the sky this holiday period.RELATED: Travel...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Saturday will see some good travel weather for those returning home after visiting friends and family for Thanksgiving. A weak system is moving through the southwestern part of Minnesota, traveling parallel to Interstate 94. The area is slightly warmer than the rest of the state, seeing temperatures in the mid-30s to start out the day. North of the system, there are some quick bursts of snow hitting the north metro, though since it is so warm, the flakes are mostly evaporating before they reach the ground. WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says there’s a possibility of freezing rain in Benson up to Alexandria. “But again the roads at this point, with some chemicals on it and this precipitation so light means I’m not so concerned about main road travel,” he said. Morning! ???? Good travel weather continues for most today; Im tracking some slippery, snow-covered roads in northern #WIwx and a few drops & flakes in #MNwx. Sunday will be even quieter! @jennifermayerle & I will see you beginning at 8am on @WCCO & streaming live on CBSN MN!...
    President Joe Biden spoke about the emerging Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Friday evening after leveling a travel ban on several African countries. “We don’t know a lot about the variant except that it is of great concern; it seems to spread rapidly,” he told reporters. The president said he chose to implement a travel ban to be “cautious,” even though he denounced former President Donald Trump’s travel bans as xenophobic and racist when he ran for president in 2020. Biden spoke to reporters while touring the small town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and attending the Christmas tree lighting ceremony as his extended Thanksgiving vacation continues. US President Joe Biden leaves a bookstore November 26, 2021, on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, where he spends the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images). He said the best response from Americans to the new variant of the virus was for everyone five and older to get vaccinated and get their booster shots. “You know, we always talk about whether this is about freedom, but I think it’s a patriotic responsibility to do...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Setting a pandemic travel record – on the day before Thanksgiving the TSA screened more passengers than any other day during the pandemic. “The whole family all together for the first time, we flew people into Florida, to Boca, Parkland,” says Steve Goldstein. READ MORE: Travel Restricted From Southern Africa, Dow Drops 905 Points Over New COVID Variant ConcernsAt Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, folks are heading home after Thanksgiving. The Goldstein family is flying to New York hoping to beat the crowds of passengers later on. “Tonight, it’s going to change but I’m glad we’re leaving now,” says Goldstein. Data from TSA checkpoints on the day before Thanksgiving shows more than twice the number of people were screened this year than last, nearing a pre-pandemic level. 2021’s numbers were 2,311,978 people screened. 2020’s were 1,070,967. READ MORE: Missing Gun Belonging To Brian Laundrie's Parents Wasn't Made Public, Attorney SaysThere were lots of passengers in South Florida – on the same day Miami International Airport’s parking garages were completely full. MIA is expecting their busiest travel day...
    According to data from the Transportation Security Administration reported by The Guardian, 1,382,230 people went through TSA checkpoints on November 25, a large increase from the 560,902 individuals who traveled in 2020. The TSA recorded 1,591,158 people at checkpoints on Nov. 25 in 2019. On Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving and typically the busiest travel day of the year, 2,207,949 people moved through TSA checkpoints this year compared to the 912,090 that did in 2020. Public health officials like White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci have encouraged anyone gathering in groups for the holidays to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to celebrate a "normal" holiday. However, a Hill-HarrisX poll released this week found that 65% of Thanksgiving hosts had no plans to require their visitors to be vaccinated or wear masks. Only 21% of respondents said they would demand that their guests be vaccinated, and only 4% said they would require masks at their gatherings. 11 said they would require both. Last year, several health experts predicted that holiday season gatherings...
    MIAMI (CCBSMiami/CNN) – The Transportation Security Administration announced Thanksgiving travelers have set a new pandemic-era air travel record in the U.S. According to the TSA, over 2.3 million people were screened at airports across the country on Wednesday, making it the busiest day at security checkpoints since March 2020. READ MORE: Study: COVID-19 Reinfection Is Rare, Severe Disease Even RarerThe number is 88% of the traffic (2,624,250) on the equivalent Wednesday in 2019, before the pandemic. And it is more than twice the number of people (1,070,967) TSA screened on this day last year. Wednesday is the seventh consecutive day the TSA screened more than 2 million passengers. Goal: Safe And Secure TSA chief David Pekoske told CNN ahead of the holiday that the agency was prepared for the travel surge. “We’ve looked at passenger volume projections, we’ve worked with the carriers and with the airports, and collectively we’re ready for the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said. “Our goal is to make it as safe and secure and as enjoyable for people as we possibly can.” AAA predicted 53.4 million Americans...
    Michigan has requested federal military medical assistance to deal with the worst COVID-19 surge in the country, as Minnesota is asking its National Guard to support the struggling medical staff in its hard-hit care homes. Both states are seeing rapidly-rising COVID cases and hospitalizations, as the cold weather forces people indoors. Michigan is the current epicenter of the fourth wave, with cases up 88 per cent in the last two weeks, according to The New York Times's COVID tracking. Hospitalizations in Michigan have risen 48 per cent in the last 14 days, and deaths 64 per cent. Of 3,114 ICU beds in the state, 85 per cent - or 2,651 - are occupied, according to the state health department. Nearly 58 per cent of residents over five are fully vaccinated - below the national rate of nearly 63 per cent - and the Democrat governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has been begging her state's residents to take the virus seriously and get vaccinated. An ambulance crew weaves a gurney through the halls of the emergency department at Sparrow Hospital in...
    Thanksgiving travelers have set a new pandemic-era air travel record in the United States.The Transportation Security Administration says it screened 2.3 million people (2,311,978) at airports across the country on Wednesday, making it the busiest day at security checkpoints since March 2020.The number is 88% of the traffic (2,624,250) on the equivalent Wednesday in 2019, before the pandemic. And it is more than twice the number of people (1,070,967) TSA screened on this day last year.Wednesday is the seventh consecutive day the TSA screened more than 2 million passengers.Goal: Safe and secureTSA chief David Pekoske told CNN ahead of the holiday that the agency was prepared for the travel surge."We've looked at passenger volume projections, we've worked with the carriers and with the airports, and collectively we're ready for the Thanksgiving holiday," he said. "Our goal is to make it as safe and secure and as enjoyable for people as we possibly can."AAA predicted 53.4 million Americans would travel for the holiday, including millions by air. Pekoske warned travelers to "just be patient" navigating travel, especially because some people have...
    LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ) — BWI Airport was pretty much a ghost town on Thanksgiving Day but there were still travelers there catching last-minute flights. Travelers like Dwayne Barrett of Texas enjoy last-minute travel. “The planes are never crowded,” Barrett said. “TSA doesn’t have lines and usually the flights are cheaper.” READ MORE: Christmas Village Returns To Baltimore's Inner HarborPeople at the airport on Thanksgiving Day said things were slow. “There weren’t any parking spaces available in the hourly parking, which is crazy, but it’s not very busy here,” Beth Plummer of Annapolis said. “It seems kind of deserted.” The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year.BWI representatives said this year set a new pandemic record for the highest number of departing passengers since July. TSA screened about 31,000 people Wednesday. Last-minute travelers also hit the roads on Thanksgiving Day. “I’m going to my brother’s house in Solomon’s Island,” Kenneth Young of Joppa said. READ MORE: No. 2 Maryland Falls To Fifth-Ranked NC State 78-60Some drive for hours to be there in time for the...
    (CNN)Now that your bellies are full and the leftovers are nearly gone, it's time to warm up the car for that long ride home.People returning home from Thanksgiving festivities may encounter travel delays as a series of storms crisscross the country. A strengthening cold front, followed by another fast-moving system, will impact many from the Plains to the Midwest, and even the Northeast. The second storm could bring the first measurable snowfall of the season to many cities on the East Coast. Friday's weather travel hot spots Read MoreRain, wind, and snow are all possible across the Northeast on Friday. However, major coastal cities along the I-95 corridor will see mainly rain. Millions will still be impacted by snow across interior sections of New England through Friday, which is expected to clear out by Saturday morning.Rain will impact much of the east coast on Friday as a strong cold front moves through.Bur windy conditions will remain, with gusts potentially up to 55 mph for parts of the Northeast. "Right now, we are looking at sustained winds at 15 to...
    (CBS Miami) – Thanksgiving travel is full steam ahead on roads across the U.S. “What are you expecting out on the roads tonight?” asked CBS Miami’s Austin Carter in Florida. READ MORE: Overturned Big Rig Blocks Interstate 5 Near Woodland“A lot of traffic, I saw it coming,” said traveler Yanna Gomez. Gomez and her son are making their way to Tampa up Florida’s Turnpike to see family, but not before filling up at the Pompano Beach Service Plaza. “They just moved there so we’re going to reunite,” said Gomez. Reuniting this year is a big deal for Gomez, as the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to do so in 2020. READ MORE: Port Problems Forcing Local Shop To Have Supplies Shipping By Truck, Adding Costs“It was tough last year. It was just me and my mom in the house and we didn’t go out,” said Gomez. AAA predicts an 8% increase in Thanksgiving travel. The 2021 forecast is much closer to pre-pandemic levels. And with more people feeling comfortable once again to visit with loved ones, AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins said...
    TRAVELLING over the holidays can be a hassle, depending on where you live or where you're going. Here's everything we know about Thanksgiving Day traffic. 2Traffic is expected to increase on Thanksgiving Day Is traffic bad on Thanksgiving Day? With COVID-19 restrictions lifted in many places and an increase in vaccinations, it is likely more people will be travelling around the holiday season this year. It is predicted that there will be an increase in traffic on Thanksgiving Day. According to AAA, nearly four million more people are projected to travel via roadway this year than there were last year. In November, an AAA report was published suggesting automobile travel volumes will be around three percent of pre-pandemic levels, with an expected 48.3million people traveling by car for Thanksgiving Day. Transportation analytics company INRIX found traffic volumes are expected to be nearly 40 percent higher than normal. "There are a couple of really big driving holidays … Thanksgiving is one of them," said Bob Pishue, of INRIX. Most read in MotorsReviewLET’S GO...
    SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT (KPIX 5) – Bay Area airports, including SFO, were busy Wednesday as travelers reunited with their loved for the first Thanksgiving since COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted. Wednesday night was just the beginning of the reunion of the Miller family from New York. The family packed into a minivan heading to their grandmother’s, after the 2017 Tubbs Fire destroyed Rebecca’s parent’s house in Santa Rosa, and then the COVID pandemic struck. READ MORE: Smash-and-Grab Mob Thwarted In Downtown Palo Alto; 2 Suspects Arrested“This is our first chance to have Thanksgiving in the rebuilt house so that feels amazing,” said Rebecca Miller. The Miller family arrives at San Francisco International Airport for Thanksgiving, November 24, 2021. (CBS) Inside SFO, Benjamin Reeves and his brother, John, were waiting for their nephew Josh, whom they haven’t seen in two years. They’re hoping their carefully crafted sign and ‘prison’ joke, get a chuckle. “It’s his first time flying here by himself so we are going to make him feel special,” Benjamin Reeves told KPIX 5. “It was very...
              moreby Bethany Blankley   As Americans prepare for Thanksgiving this year, traveling and cooking a family dinner will be significantly more expensive. Inflation has increased by more than 6.2% this year, according to the consumer price index (CPI), representing the highest rate of price hikes in nearly 31 years. In January 2021, before Biden “took over the presidency, annual inflation was at a stable 1.4 percent,” Americans for Tax Reform notes. “While inflation has already hit American families hard, President [Joe] Biden is pushing policies which would make this problem even worse.” Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, argued earlier this year, before inflation and gas prices hit current highs, that “President Biden has repeatedly promised that he won’t raise taxes on American families earning less than $400,000 per year. Yet widespread and growing inflation due to his policies is – at least indirectly – breaking that promise. Call it the Biden inflation tax.” Those traveling this holiday season can expect to pay more at the pump as gas prices increased 49.6% year-over-year, according to CPI; fuel oil increased 59.1%. While...
    AMERICAN Airlines has been slammed for Thanksgiving cancelations as reported staff shortages slash their December flight schedule. Several travelers took to Twitter to level complaints about delayed or canceled flights and other perceived slights on the busiest travel weekend of the year. 4Travel is expected to pick up to pre-pandemic levels this Thanksgiving weekendCredit: Reuters 4People wait to board a flight from Arlington, Virginia, to DallasCredit: Getty One Twitter user, who claimed to be both a frequent flyer and AA advantage member, shared a screenshot of an email between himself and the airline, complaining about disrupted travel plans and the airline's failure to provide compensation for costs incurred due to the changes. "Cancelling flights, not offering rapid/pcr test for international travel in a pandemic, and not covering out-of-pocket cost due to your cancellations?? @AmericanAir fix this!!!," the user wrote. The airline's response was to offer free miles as a "gesture of goodwill," but note that they "do not accept financial responsibility for out-of-pocket expenses when [they] are unable to do so," according to the email. The complaint was one...
    By Judson Jones | CNN About two-thirds of the country should be truly thankful for the weather this holiday season as Thanksgiving travel picks back up to pre-pandemic levels. “A relatively tranquil stretch of weather persists in the final days leading up to Thanksgiving,” says the Weather Prediction Center (WPC). It only takes a run-of-the mill rain shower or wind gust to push travel delays from a couple of minutes to hours the day before Thanksgiving. The good news is, we don’t expect much weather to impact the country Wednesday. Thursday looks like more of a soaker for some and those pesky winds and cold air return to the Northeast on Friday into Saturday. No matter what, some delays will mount on the roadways in airports, just due to the extra volume. Here are the few places the weather may add to travel delays. The final travel day before the holiday “With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, Mother Nature is providing a suitable weather pattern for travelers across the vast majority of the US mainland through Wednesday night,” the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The day before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year. While fewer people flew somewhere for the holiday last year due to the pandemic, travelers are once again expected to take the skies in droves this year now that vaccines are widely available. READ MORE: Lamar Jackson Says He's Ready For Sunday's Game Against The Cleveland BrownsThe Transportation Security Administration anticipates airports will be crowded over the next few days. Similarly, AAA expects 71,000 Marylanders to travel for the holiday, up 12% from last year. To find out how that will impact you and your loved ones, WJZ visited BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday to check things out. It was a busy morning at the airport. “It’s one of the necessary evils,” Willie Leebel of Calvert County said. “Not necessarily travel, but we just want to get with some family for the holidays.” Nationwide, AAA said 4.2 million people will fly for the holidays this year. That’s a major increase compared to 2.3 million who flew during the same time last...
    MILLIONS of Americans could see travel delays this Thanksgiving, as 43,000 California residents could experience power outages. The American Automobile Association predicts more than 53million people will travel by air or on the road for the holiday, which could result in major delays. 6Millions of Americans could see travel delays this Thanksgiving due to the surge in travelersCredit: Reuters 6More than 40million people are expected to travel on the roadsCredit: AP 6FlightAware's live flight tracker mapCredit: Flightaware/ABC News Forecasters have also warned of a significant winter storm and cold front expected to hit the US Northeast and Midwest regions this week. From Texas to Ohio, residents will experience a cold front that will bring rain showers, along with some snow showers for Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, on Thanksgiving day. Temperatures rebound mostly back to normal by Thursday for much of the eastern half of the US. New York residents will likely see temperatures in the low 40s. In California, some county residents may have to plan their Thanksgiving feast without power. The San Diego Gas & Electric company issued a warning to 43,000 customers who are...
    Last-minute travelers who are flying on Thanksgiving Eve will likely see crowds that’ll make them wonder if they’ve chosen the right time to leave. Nearly all travel experts agree that the night before Thanksgiving isn’t the ideal time to fly. This includes the American Automobile Association (AAA), which published an updated travel forecast for the holiday. THANKSGIVING TRAVEL: BEST AND WORST TIMES TO GO  "Even with air travel seeing a boost this year, AAA finds that the average lowest airfare is 27.3% less than last year coming in at $132," the auto association wrote. "Tuesday and Wednesday are still the most expensive and heaviest travel days with Monday being the lightest and least expensive." Last-minute travelers who are flying on Thanksgiving Eve will likely see crowds that’ll make them wonder if they’ve chosen the right time to leave. (iStock) If you’re looking to snag the best deal possible, the experts at AAA do not recommend purchasing plane tickets days before your Thanksgiving break. "Those wanting to book last-minute travel will find the best fares about two weeks prior to...
    Determined to reclaim Thanksgiving traditions that were put on pause last year by the pandemic, millions of Americans will be loading up their cars or piling onto planes to gather again with friends and family. The number of air travelers this week is expected to approach or even exceed pre-pandemic levels, and auto club AAA predicts that 48.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday period, an increase of nearly 4 million over last year despite sharply higher gasoline prices. Many feel emboldened by the fact that nearly 200 million Americans are now fully vaccinated. But it also means brushing aside concerns about a resurgent virus at a time when the U.S. is now averaging nearly 100,000 new infections a day and hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado and Arizona are seeing alarming increases in patients. The seven-day daily average of new reported cases up nearly 30% in the last two weeks through Tuesday, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says unvaccinated people should not travel,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- If you're getting ready to travel today for the Thanksgiving holiday, you're not alone. AAA estimates that 53 million people will be flying or driving today through Sunday, and that means the roads are going to be busy.RELATED: How to navigate Thanksgiving this year, travel and COVIDThe highways are expected to be packed with 49 million drivers hitting the roads through Sunday. In the Bay Area, the busiest corridors are expected to be I-80 and I-580.Early birds will be rewarded today, here are the best and worst times to hit the road: Before noon is a smart time to leave, noon to 8:00 p.m. is when experts project it will be the busiest. Sleeping in and taking your time to pack and load the car actually pays off today. Blasting off after 9 p.m. is the best time to drive. For your return, Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a time to avoid the roads and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be a busy time to drive. ...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles International Airport is expecting up to two million travelers during the Thanksgiving travel period and with heavy traffic likely to fill up the freeways, the time to plan is now.According to LAX, two million passengers will use the airport from Nov. 18-30 this year, which is twice as many as during the same time last year.The busiest days are expected to be Friday and the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Two days until Thanksgiving day! Heres a quick list of travel tips ahead of your flight. Wishing everyone safe travels! #ThanksgivingTravel #HolidayTravel #TravelSmart #TravelSafe pic.twitter.com/kYDftvobiV— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) November 24, 2021The Auto Club of Southern California recently estimated that pandemic-weary Angelenos will be hitting the roads and airways in large numbers for the Thanksgiving weekend, with about 4.4 million Southern California residents expected to travel. The anticipated number of holiday travelers marks a 16% jump from last year.According to the Auto Club, this year will be the second-busiest Thanksgiving travel volume on record for the region, just 3% below the 4.5 million people who traveled for...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’re flying out of South Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday, be sure to get to the airport early and expect long lines. Miami International Airport was busy Wednesday morning ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Chilly Start Ahead Of Nice, Mild Thanksgiving DayAirport officials are expecting the travel volume to reach near pre-pandemic levels and they prepared for the rush. Throughout the morning they monitored the security lines and directed travelers to other checkpoints with shorter wait times. The Transporation Security Administration also prepped for the uptick in holiday travel by making an exception on the size of hand sanitizer “TSA is allowing people to bring up to one 12-ounce container of hand sanitizer through the checkpoint, that is larger than the typical amount of liquids, gels, or aerosols,” said spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. Airport officials recommend that travelers arrive two hours and 30 minutes before their departure time, instead of the usual two hours. CBS4 News spoke to travelers who were surprised by the long lines. “I couldn’t catch my next flight...
    DFW AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM) — Today North Texas airports will be put to the test during an expected Thanksgiving holiday travel surge. Four million Texans are expected to travel. According to AAA Texas, that’s nearly pre-pandemic levels. READ MORE: "Home For The Holidays" DWI Crackdown Begins In Dallas CountyBoth Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field Airport reflect the same, expecting about 95% of the travel volume they had in 2019. Experts say it’s pent up demand from a tough 2020, but also comfort from vaccines that have helped the industry bounce back. “We are seeing travelers eager to get back out there, feeling comfortable hitting the skies again and traveling to see loved ones for the holidays,” said Lindsay Schwimer, a Consumer Travel Expert with Hopper. Hopper collects data from airports nationwide, and tells CBS 11 News, DFW Airport is expected to be the second busiest in the U.S. this Thanksgiving week. READ MORE: Trusted Travel Programs - Which Should You Choose?They calculate Wednesday, November 24 and Sunday, November 28 to be the busiest days to fly. Schwimer...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’re flying out of South Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday, be sure to get to the airport early and expect long lines. Miami International Airport was busy Wednesday morning ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Chilly Start Ahead Of Nice, Mild Thanksgiving DayAirport officials are expecting the travel volume to reach near pre-pandemic levels and they prepared for the rush. Throughout the morning they monitored the security lines and directed travelers to other checkpoints with shorter wait times. The Transporation Security Administration also prepped for the uptick in holiday travel by making an exception on the size of hand sanitizer “TSA is allowing people to bring up to one 12-ounce container of hand sanitizer through the checkpoint, that is larger than the typical amount of liquids, gels, or aerosols,” said spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. Airport officials recommend that travelers arrive two hours and 30 minutes before their departure time, instead of the usual two hours. CBS4 News spoke to travelers who were surprised by the long lines. “I couldn’t catch my next flight...
    If you’re hitting the roadways Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving, the earlier the start, the better. That includes starting your journey overnight, according to drivers at a rest stop on Route 50 in Maryland. Charles Spires, who’s on his way to Atlanta from the Wilmington area of Delaware, told WTOP’s John Domen that avoiding traffic around D.C. is the big reason to get an early start. More Thanksgiving News More Transportation News Latest Traffic Conditions And while gas prices are higher this year, it’s not deterring him. Linden Parris is headed to Georgia from Brooklyn, New York. He started his trip at 1:45 a.m. because there’s less traffic on the road and he “didn’t want to deal with a lot of congestion on one of the heaviest travel times of the year.” He’s hoping to get to his destination by 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. “My wife made a lovely sweet potato pie. I’m looking forward to that,” Parris said. One thing he said he’s noticed on his trip: increasing gas prices as he goes. Several other drivers also...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Lines swelled at Oakland International Airport early Wednesday as travelers, who had delayed gathering with family and friends during the long months of isolation during the COVID pandemic, crowded onto flights on the way to Thanksgiving weekend reunions. Travel experts have predicted the number of air travelers this week would approach or even exceed pre-pandemic levels. READ MORE: UPDATE: 3 Arrests After Pursuit Ends In Fiery Crash Blocking Lanes On Carquinez BridgeIf the scene at Oakland International was being repeated at airports across the country, those bullish predictions were coming to fruition. Traffic on the highways leading into local Bay Area airports were already backing up at 6 a.m. and lines at the check-in counters and TSA checkpoints were growing in length by the minute. Among those waiting to board flights was Jojo Saunders, who lives in Marin. “We’ve been scared to death, that’s why we haven’t travel,” Saunders said. “We really hibernated and did what we were supposed to do. But now it feels like we can finally get out and get about. Especially...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — MSP Airport says the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the holiday week. The airport is expecting more than 33,000 people to pass through security checkpoints on Wednesday. READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Dry Roads For Thanksgiving TravelThe Sunday after the holiday is typically the second busiest day. Crowds at the airport are expected to double compared to last year. Air travel across the board is up 80% since then. (credit: CBS) A couple from St. Paul traveling to see family in Boston got to the airport early, expecting long wait times. READ MORE: COVID, Gas Prices Causing More Minnesotans To Stay Home For Thanksgiving“I’m hoping that the staffing levels at the airline are adequate because I came to drop off someone a couple of days ago and the lines you know were all the way out,” Shalini Raghavan said. “So I’m hoping we’re beating that rush, we’re catching the morning flight. But sort of excited to get back on travel again.” Jared Johnson and his family, from Blaine, are traveling with kids...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Wednesday is expected to be the busiest day on the roads, as people head out to spend Thanksgiving with families.But getting to your destination isn't going to be cheap.RELATED: Not sure how to hang Christmas lights? Chicago company takes stress out of decoratingOver 48 million people are expected to drive to their destination.Even with high gas prices, people are figuring out a way to fill up and go.But help is on the way, as President Joe Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of emergency oil reserves.Although, relief could take weeks."We should see some down-drafts at the pump just in time for, potentially, Christmas, but prices are still going to be well into that $3-a-gallon territory, where it's quite uncomfortable," said Patrick De Haan, with GasBuddy.EMBED More News Videos Driving somewhere for Thanksgiving? Prepare to pay at the pump. In the Chicago area, the average price of regular unleaded is $3.57 a gallon, compared to Thanksgiving week last year, when it was $2.17 a gallon.Travel experts report travel this year will be nearly triple the volume...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The holiday travel surge is underway across the tri-state region.LaGuardia and other airports are expected to see the largest crush of passengers since before the pandemic.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said nearly 5 million air passengers and vehicles are expected to use its airports and vehicular crossings today through Sunday.ALSO READ | Thanksgiving travel: What to know ahead of the holidayEMBED More News Videos Joe Torres has more on how the nation is preparing for pre-pandemic levels of Thanksgiving travel. The agency estimates that approximately 3.5 million vehicles will use its bridges and tunnels over the 5-day period, which would be similar to vehicular volume over the same pre-pandemic holiday period in 2019 in keeping with recent traffic trends.To accommodate anticipated significant vehicular volume, all lane closures for non-emergency construction at its crossings are suspended through 5 a.m. Monday, November 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.At airports, the TSA screened 2,081,064 people at airport security checkpoints nationwide on Monday.It was the fifth consecutive day with checkpoint volume topping the 2,000,000 mark. Since airports...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Many are getting ready to start Thanksgiving travel Wednesday morning. It’s not like last year, people are on the move and that means busy roads, trains and airports. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Brief Warmup Wednesday AfternoonCBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe has the travel tips you need to know before heading out. According to AAA, more than 53 million people will travel for Thanksgiving this year. A little over 48 million of them plan to drive, which means roads will be busy. Experts say the best time to start driving Wednesday is after 9 p.m. The worst times are noon to 8 p.m. READ MORE: Jackson Sparks, 8, Becomes Sixth Victim To Die After SUV Plows Through Waukesha Christmas Parade, Bail For Suspect Darrell Brooks Set At $5 MillionIf you’re driving on Thanksgiving, try hitting the road before 11 a.m. There will be significant delays from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday. As for the worst corridor in Chicago to travel this year is the Ike from Morgan Street to Wolf Road. AAA says traffic will be up 390%. Gas prices...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you’re traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday’s weather looks like it will be cooperative. Aside from a slight chance of a few flurries, things look dry across the state. Temperatures will be falling, though. The Twin Cities had already reached their high of 47 in the morning hours. By the afternoon, temperatures will drop to the low 40s. (credit: CBS) Overnight, lows will dip way down, and Thanksgiving is going to be a cold one. A high of 26 is expected in the metro. Temperatures will rebound slightly on Black Friday, then warm a few degrees more over the weekend.   More On WCCO.com: Thousands Of Drivers Refusing To Pull Over For Police; ‘U’ Research Suggests Reasons For Uptick Kitchen Window Closing In Minneapolis After 35 Years In Business ‘People Lined Up Out The Doors And They’re Sick’: COVID Patient Bottleneck Has Many Minnesotans Desperate COVID In Minnesota: Nat’l Guard Arrives As Hospitals Are Overrun With COVID Cases
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More than 53 million people are expected to take to the roads and skies this year, according to AAA. With that in mind, it’s recommended to arrive at the airport about three hours before your flight is set to leave so if the lines are long, you can still make it to the gates in time. READ MORE: Fire Crews Battle Flames At Industrial Plant In West MifflinOf course, airports are not without their struggles. With TSA now mandating the COVID-19 vaccination, there is concern about possible staffing shortages, but locally, Pittsburgh International Airport says that hasn’t affected them. However, don’t be surprised if there are flight cancellations or delays as travel is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels. “[It’s] on par with around pre-pandemic travel for us,” said Bob Kerlik, a spokesperson with the Pittsburgh International Airport. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand, particularly leisure travelers who aren’t going to see loved ones who have not had a chance over the last year.” READ MORE: One Person Hospitalized After Incident At...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Holiday travelers hit the ground running Wednesday morning, with many going to the Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak stations to get on their way. The airport anticipates more than 848,000 people passing through the airport for Thanksgiving holiday travel. CBS3’s Jan Carabeo was at the airport early Wednesday morning as a steady stream of travelers went through the TSA checkpoints, although the line moved quickly. READ MORE: Philly Truce Calls For Thanksgiving Weekend Gun Violence Truce As City Approaches 500 HomicidesHowever, that can always change. The airport is suggesting you get here at least three hours before your boarding time. Many people will be traveling for the first time in nearly two years, and there are some changes at the airport, starting before you even step foot inside the terminal. Parking is extremely limited, with the economy lot is now permanently closed. The garages have 12,000 parking spots, but those go fast. Travelers are being strongly encouraged to use the airport’s nine off-site parking partners, with around 8,700 parking spots at additional lots. Public transportation or rideshares...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thanksgiving week had a chilly start but there has been plenty of sunshine! Tuesday, highs reached the mid-40s which is about 10 degrees below our normal. For Wednesday, slightly warmer air will begin to move our way with more sunshine. Highs are forecasted around 50 degrees. READ MORE: Gov. Hogan Announces Investigation Of Marilyn Mosby's Office, Threatens Hold On Funding Amid Crime WaveA southerly flow of warmer air will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving. A sunny to partly sunny day is expected with highs in the upper-50s — a very pleasant holiday! A cold front will approach the region Friday morning and with it will come a band of light showers, however, it is expected to move out the region fairly quickly. Colder and breezy conditions will cool us down by Friday afternoon lasting through the weekend. Highs are expected to reach the mid-40s both weekend days. READ MORE: Mosby Bashes Hogan After Governor Calls For Review Of Funds Allocated To State's Attorney's OfficeA weak disturbance is expected to cross the region late Sunday night and...
    DALLAS (AP) — Determined to reclaim Thanksgiving traditions that were put on pause last year by the pandemic, millions of Americans will be loading up their cars or piling onto planes to gather again with friends and family. The number of air travelers this week is expected to approach or even exceed pre-pandemic levels, and auto club AAA predicts that 48.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday period, an increase of nearly 4 million over last year despite sharply higher gasoline prices. Many feel emboldened by the fact that nearly 200 million Americans are now fully vaccinated. But it also means brushing aside concerns about a resurgent virus at a time when the U.S. is now averaging nearly 100,000 new infections a day and hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado and Arizona are seeing alarming increases in patients. The seven-day daily average of new reported cases up nearly 30% in the last two weeks through Tuesday, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says unvaccinated people...