What you need to know about Christmas holiday travel

You know, this year in Belmont County we've had a greater number of fatal traffic crashes than in years past and more than half of those killed were not wearing their seatbelts.

With last minute shoppers and anxious travelers, the holidays can get very hectic.

AAA says the city will have the worst congestion in the nation with drivers seeing travel times triple between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday as evening commuters mix with holiday traffic. According to Waze, Christmas day will have the least amount of traffic of any day until Jan. 4. According to the TSA, wrapped gifts are permitted but they may need to be unwrapped if further screening is required. "Maybe Europe. If you want some warm weather, then say Italy, Greece, Spain", he added, noting the potential for cheaper airfare. It's recommended travelers have someone drop them off, or take a cab, Uber or Lyft to the airport. "We just took a final this morning", they said.

Airport officials recommend that travelers follow a few helpful steps when trying to navigate through the crowds.

American Airlines has a deal with its pilots to keep its end-of-the-year flights staffed.

"We are coming from Boston from school and we're coming home for the holidays", said Hayley Flores.

The agency is asking that drivers behind the wheel do their part and drive responsibly.

The timing of the snafu couldn't have been worse, said transportation professor Joe Schwieterman of Chicago's DePaul University.

Airports across the country are packed with people traveling to visit family and friends for Christmas on Monday.

"Become zen-like. Do not allow little things to fluster you", Quest added. Also, parking at the airport can be pricey, so you'll avoid that.

Need a safe ride home this holiday season? That's up 2 percent from last year.

"There are two weeks in the travel industry every year that are known as 'dead weeks, '" explained travel journalist Peter Greenberg. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option. You'll likely be disappointed if you live in Reading because temperatures should be too mild for snow, Walker said."There's not much chance for a white Christmas", he said, though snow could fall in the mountains of western and northern Pennsylvania on Christmas Day.Higher gas prices won't deter motorists this Christmas.

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