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Getaway day for the Thanksgiving holiday

November 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Millions of Americans are taking to the roads or headed to airports for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.While the economy is putting a damper on travel plans, the number of people traveling for the holiday is up slightly.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Southern California are choosing to take their cars instead of planes. According to the American Automobile Association, 85 percent of those leaving town are driving.

Travel analysts say more people are getting away this year compared to last, but the number is still down significantly from 2007.

The mood at Los Angeles International Airport was tolerant the day before Thanksgiving. Many in the crowd were prepared for congestion, giving themselves extra time to arrive and check in.

"About two hours earlier because everybody's traveling today, an extreme amount of traffic all over," said traveler Fred Khalill.

"We got here very early, we got here an hour and 40 minutes early. Luckily there was no traffic on the freeway," said traveler Jaynee Beckman.

Getting your boarding pass before you arrive can save you as much as 30 minutes in line. You can check for snags at LAX with Travelocity's Thanksgiving patrol @FlyFromLA on Twitter.

Peak travel times were between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.


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