Important Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Information
If you are traveling this week for the holiday on the roads or in the skies it's important to be prepared.
The Transportation and Security Administration wants to give you tips to make your trip a little bit easier.
One of the important pieces of information they want to make sure every traveler knows about is the food. According to their website, you are able to place pies, cakes, stuffing mix, casseroles, in your carry on bags. Gravy, cranberry sauce, wine, jam, preserves must go in a checked bag because they are not solid foods.
It's important to arrive at the airport early. The TSA is encouraging all travelers to download the "My TSA" app. On the app, you can find important information such as if your airport offers TSA Pre-Check or if there are any delays.
TSA said they are expecting this year to be a record-breaker in terms of air travel, with more than 26 million travelers.
If you plan on bringing an electric or non-electric carving knife with you to your destination pack it in your bag.
Switching over to the roadway, the American Automobile Association said they are expecting more than 49 million travelers to hit the roadway for the thanksgiving holiday.
AAA has been tracking travel since 2000 and they said that in terms of volume 2019 will be the second most traveled thanksgiving trailing only 2005,
Vice President of AAA Paula Twidale said, "Strong economic fundamentals are motivating Americans to venture out this holiday in near-record numbers. Consumer spending remains strong, thanks to increasing wages, disposable income and household wealth, and travel remains one of their top priorities for the holiday season."
What does all of this mean for you? Traffic delays if you are traveling by car. AAA said the worst day to travel is this Wednesday. For example: if you are traveling north and heading through Atlanta the organization INRIX, says the worst time in that area will be Wednesday afternoon between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. The delay multiplier for that time is 3.5x.
AAA said they are projecting they will help more than 350,000 people traveling on the road throughout the holiday week. The three leading issues they will most likely help with are dead batteries, flat tires, and lockouts.
One thing drivers should look forward to is cheaper gas prices. AAA said prices are lower than the national average. They are expecting gas prices to hover around $2.57.