Thanksgiving weekend travel likely busiest in years

One of the new requirements of TSA is that all electronics larger than a cellphone, like a laptop, must be taken out of carry-on bags for screening.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were 20 fatalities in passenger vehicle crashes, and 10 of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

Google Maps studied Thanksgiving traffic from last year and made an interactive chart that users can test their departure times.

AAA says nearly 51 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday. Driving to your destination also requires a bit of pre-trip preparation, such as checking your tire pressure, fluids, signal lights or better yet, having a complete vehicle inspection by a mechanic in advance of your trip.

"In past years, I left on Wednesday to pick up my mom in southern Rhode Island and it's always been crazy", Melrose resident Kate House said.

¯ Cheaper airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.

As of Tuesday, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Twin Falls was $2.57 - compared with $2.34 a year ago. "So you want to allow yourself extra time to park, to check in, have to go through security screenings".

"Houston travelers are very savvy, they know it's gonna be a crowded day, so get here early".

Regardless of how you travel, AAA urges you "pack your patience".

Even so, both are braving the busiest day of the Thanksgiving rush.

90 percent of people traveling this year will drive, according to AAA. Thanksgiving travel is anticipated to increase 3.3% from last year. Still, more people at the airport could affect wait and processing times.

For those who plan to travel by air, you'll have to first deal with the crowds on the ground. Both interstates may be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Weather permitting, construction is expected to be substantially complete, with all lanes and ramps open to traffic by the end of November. Rise in prices, however, shouldn't be a deterrent to travelers, thanks to the increase in wages and personal income.

About her trip, Queens resident Dorothy Marks said, "I expected it to be much worse, but it really wasn't bad". She explained the survey estimated 3.95 million people will be flying and 45.5 million people will travel by car throughout the weekend.

Gasoline prices during Thanksgiving are expected to reach $2.53 a gallon.

Gas prices aside, many local drivers had the same hope for anyone out on the roads this holiday weekend.

The expense to rent a car for the weekend is higher than past years.

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