Thanksgiving Travel Begins - NBC Connecticut

Thanksgiving Travel Begins



    Thanksgiving Travel Begins

    Today is one of the busiest travel days of the year, with about a third of the population traveling for Thanksgiving, so expect a lot of company as you make your way to your holiday destination.

    Fifty-eight percent of people intend to drive this holiday and drivers who stopped at the rest stop in Milford said one thing they are pleased with is the slight drop in gas prices.

    The average price of regular gas in Connecticut is $3.83, down from $4 a month ago, but up from $3.64 a year ago at this time.

    The national average price is $3.42, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report.

    Additional state troopers will be on the roads throughout the weekend and we’ve posted the areas where patrols have been added and DUI checkpoints will be set up.

    If you are driving, check our traffic map to see if there are incidents that will slow your progress. 

    Thirty-eight percent of people will fly for the holiday, according to TripAdvisor.

    Bradley Airport, according to Orbitz, is one of the least busy airports in the country, but travelers heading to the airport are still advised to allow for extra time.

    To reduce the amount of time that it takes to get through security, wear shoes that slip on and off easily and avoid wearing belts or bulky jewelry.

    Remember to bring resealable bags to carry liquids.

    Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said extra security will be on duty though the weekend so the travel process goes smoothly.

    “More than a third of Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving, and for some the journey is as much a part of the tradition as the turkey,” Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor, said. “Even with rising airfares, travelers will find their way to see family and friends for the holiday, whether it’s booking early or driving instead of taking to the skies.”

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