Over 50 million expected to travel this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005


54 million Americans are set to travel this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, the most since 2005 according to AAA.

Bradley International Airport was bustling Sunday night as travelers kicked off what will be a busy holiday travel season.

Danielle Picone lives in Middletown, but is headed to see family in Michigan for Thanksgiving. 

“Spending time with my family is what I’m looking forward to most, Danielle Picone told News 8.  “I don’t see them a lot. So it’s nice to just be together.” 

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Security lines were still bearable Sunday and arrival times were all on schedule.  

“It wasn’t too bad,” Amanda Scacchitti said.  “I think Sunday is the ticket if you want to get out before the crowds. I was through security in Atlanta in 10 minutes and it’s not bad here either.” 

“It’s a very small airport,” Picone added.  “It’s very relaxed so everytime I travel, it’s easy.” 

As the week goes on, travel is only expected to be more hectic. Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving are the busiest and most expensive days to fly.

“Once you get to Tuesday and Wednesday it will be crazy,” Scacchitti added. 

Thanksgiving Day is the best travel day if you’re looking to avoid crowds at the airport or traffic on the roads.  Consumers will also have more money in their wallets thanks to dropping gas prices over the past month. 

“They’re amazingly low, they’ve come down from $3 even at highway gas stations which are usually higher than the others,” Tom Duffy told News 8.  

AAA saying despite the recent drop, Americans will still pay the most in four years to fill up their tanks. The national average is  up 33 cents over this time last year, but the prices are not deterring many from getting home for the holidays. 

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