Expected Long Distances at Airports and Road Traffic – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – AAA predicts 53.4 million people will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, up 13% from 2020.

That means you could be waiting in long lines at the airport or stuck in traffic on your journey to Thanksgiving dinner.

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KDKA’s Amy Wadas spoke to a number of travelers making their way up and into the skies on Tuesday. She encountered the Bensons and their dog at a stop along Interstate 79 near Bridgeville.

The family is heading to Charlotte from Buffalo to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family. They say the roads are busy.

“I noticed more than last year. Karen Benson said.

Shane Beaton said he’s thrilled to be traveling on holiday for the first time since the pandemic.

Beaton said: “It feels great to get out of everything, to get out of the ordinary.

It is the same feeling for those who take to the sky. Katy Adams was waiting to catch her flight at Pittsburgh International Airport when KDKA spoke to her.

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She is heading to Atlanta to enjoy Thanksgiving with her son and his wife.

“We both had booster shots so we felt pretty safe,” says Adams.

Feeling safe is also why another couple is heading to Las Vegas to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. They were at home on Thanksgiving last year.

“We were going to try and join the big buffet at Caesar’s Palace, and I called it last week looking to get a reservation,” said Natalie McCargo of Beaver Falls.

“The equivalent of pre-pandemic travel for us. Pittsburgh International Airport spokesman Bob Kerlik said:

Kerlik said the day before Thanksgiving is usually the busiest day to travel during the week, so he encourages people to arrive at the airport two hours before their flight and wear a mask.

As for TSA workers, he says staffing is not a local issue.

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AAA is asking drivers to be prepared for anything when they hit the road. That’s why they suggest leaving a little earlier in case you get stuck in traffic. Expected Long Distances at Airports and Road Traffic – CBS Pittsburgh

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