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Thanksgiving travel rush is underway; Experts say it’s the worst time to hit the road so far this year

NEWARK, N.J. – The vacation travel rush is underway as so many people strive to make it residence for Thanksgiving. 

The roads and airports are anticipated to be full in the subsequent 24 hours.

As CBS2’s Nick Caloway reviews, total, airports are busy. Expect lengthy safety strains and full planes. 

If you intend to drive, roads are additionally anticipated to be jammed. 

“I’m going to Maryland. I’m going to see my aunt for the holidays,” mentioned New Yorker Tiffany Manley. 

Manley acquired on the road early to beat the large vacation rush. So did Liz Moynihan, who stopped to stroll her canine on their method from Massachusetts to Delaware. 

“We tried to time it so we avoided the New York traffic. We hit just a very small amount. So we’ve been lucky so far,” Moynihan mentioned. 

AAA estimates about 55 million individuals are touring for Thanksgiving this year. The overwhelming majority – 49 million – will drive to their locations, despite the fact that fuel costs are excessive. 

“Ehhh, they say they’re going down. I don’t really know. It’s OK. I wish it was like $2 instead of $3.50,” Manley mentioned. 

“It’s a little bit painful. But worth it to see family, for us,” Moynihan mentioned. 

“This is going to be the third busiest Thanksgiving since we started keeping records,” mentioned Robert Sinclair, Jr. of AAA Northeast. 

Sinclair mentioned Wednesday afternoon and night can be the worst time to hit the road. 

“It’s going to be very busy as holiday travelers mix with commuters,” Sinclair mentioned. 

This Thanksgiving will probably be the busiest week for air travel since the begin of the pandemic. 

The TSA expects to display upwards of two.5 million individuals a day on Wednesday and Sunday. 

Two vacationers Caloway met had very completely different experiences. 

“I gotta tell you that it was very, very smooth and easy, except when we got here to Newark. We sat on the tarmac for about 25 minutes. So not bad,” mentioned Rosemary Lizon of Myrtle Beach. 

“We were in Colombia. It was my birthday trip. And we were supposed to be in New York for Sunday. And it’s, what? Tuesday?” mentioned Harlem resident Brittany Johnson. 

Johnson described her journey as “vile.” 

Hopefully your journey goes slightly smoother. 

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