Thanksgiving travel

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No Threats, Extra Security for Thanksgiving Travelers

It's expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel week since 2007

(Newser) - Officials say there are no specific threats to Americans over the Thanksgiving holiday, but travelers can expect heightened security and extra delays regardless. The Los Angeles Times cites two anonymous law enforcement officials, who say there are no additional security measures being put in place for holiday travelers to address... More »

Thanksgiving Fliers to Eat 7M Cinnabon Calories per Hour

Company expects people stuck in airports to consume 1M rolls over next 5 days

(Newser) - You don't want to give in, but many people stuck at the airport usually do. The allure of the Cinnabon is too powerful, and this holiday weekend, its maker anticipates that about 1 million of the sweet cinnamon rolls will be consumed in airports around America, Businessweek reports. From... More »

Thanksgiving Travelers Should 'Pack Patience'

East Coast could get pummeled with rain, snow starting tonight into Thursday

(Newser) - A nor'easter is expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations. The storm, forecast to dump rain along the coast and snow further inland, could cause delays along busy Northeast highways and has the possibility of upsetting travel plans at... More »

Wall of Storms Threatens Holiday Travel

'Timing couldn't be worse,' weather service says

(Newser) - A wall of storms packing ice, sleet, and rain could upend holiday travel plans as millions of Americans take to the roads, skies, and rails today for Thanksgiving. So far, the deadly storms barreling into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast have not resulted in many flight delays or cancellations, but forecasters... More »

8 Dead as 'Nordic Outbreak' Blasts Wests, Heads East

Storm is moving eastward, will impact much of the nation: weather service

(Newser) - Stormy weather across the West blamed in eight deaths moved steadily eastward, prompting alerts of wintry conditions in New Mexico and Texas. Forecasters said the storm system in the West would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast in the coming week, causing problems for holiday travelers. The... More »

Just in Time for Thanksgiving: A Vicious Nor'easter

Weather service warns storm could snarl travel

(Newser) - A mighty storm is brewing off the East Coast and forecasters fear it could reach land just in time to cause Thanksgiving travel chaos. Weather models suggest a variety of outcomes when the storm moves north and meets a blast of Arctic air, but the most likely one is believed... More »

Pricey Gratitude: Thanksgiving Costs Soar

Gas, airfare up 20% from a year ago

(Newser) - Tens of millions of Americans are now on the move for Thanksgiving, but the soaring cost of travel is keeping many others at home. Some 42.5 million Americans are expected to drive, fly, or ride trains over the holiday, and gas prices are up almost 20% from last year,... More »

The Busiest Turkey Day Airport Will Be ...

Orbitz issues its annual ranking

(Newser) - The City of Angels is expected to have quite the hellish airport this Thanksgiving holiday. According to an annual ranking by Orbitz, LAX will top Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as the nation's busiest this holiday weekend, from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27. Filling out the top five... More »

Holiday Forecast: Fewer Fliers but Packed Flights

With demand lower, airlines are offering fewer seats

(Newser) - The good news for Thanksgiving travelers is that fewer people are expected to fly this year. The bad news is that your plane is still going to be jam-packed. An industry trade group predicts that 23.2 million people will fly in the 12 days around Thanksgiving, reports CNN . (The... More »

Airport Protests Fizzle

Storms, not protests delay Thanksgiving travelers

(Newser) - In the end, very few people opted to participate in National Opt-Out day. Activists had promised chaos, but people protesting TSA pat-downs and full-body scanners only appeared in ones and twos at the nation's airports, and no unusual delays were reported . Opt-out organizers claimed that the lack of lines proved... More »

Relax: 3 Thanksgiving Travel Myths

It's not as busy as you think

(Newser) - If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving, you’re likely bracing yourself for major delays on the road, rails, or in the sky. But take courage: your worries may be unfounded—or at least exaggerated. NPR provides some turkey-related travel myths:
  1. It’s the busiest time of year to travel.
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Early On, Holiday Travel Going Smoothly

Few delays reported on roads, airports at start of Thanksgiving rush

(Newser) - Travelers breezed through airport terminals and drivers cruised open roads today, the effects of a sour economy blamed for keeping people closer to home at the start of the annual Thanksgiving rush. Even though gas prices fell and airlines offered last-minute deals, many Americans appeared to be skipping trips this... More »

Flight Delays Decline Ahead of Holidays

Feds' new rules, fewer planes in air keep travelers moving

(Newser) - While flights will be packed during the Thanksgiving travel week, travelers can at least look forward to fewer delays, USA Today reports. Delays have plummeted this fall amid troubled airlines’ reduced flight schedules and government measures to reduce New York air traffic. In early September, flights were over 15 minutes... More »

Fewer Will Travel for Thanksgiving: AAA

600K more expected to stay home, first decline in 6 years

(Newser) - An estimated 600,000 Americans will forego the 50-plus miles of travel they made last year to celebrate Thanksgiving, AAA predicts. The dip is the first in 6 years, but the fourth consecutive for general holiday travel. Despite cheaper gas, fewer people will drive cars this year, opting for more-economical... More »

Airlines Trim Holiday Flights, Cut Off-Peak Bargains

US Airways will fly 40% fewer flights this Thanksgiving

(Newser) - As airlines struggle to stay competitive, scheduling changes mean that consumers will see fewer planes and higher fares, the Wall Street Journal reports. In the coming Thanksgiving season, US Airways is flying 40% fewer flights than a year ago. Delta and United have both reduced Thanksgiving flights by more than... More »

Fliers Thankful for Few Delays

Planning and good weather ease holiday congestion

(Newser) - The Thanksgiving travel rush was smoother than expected, reports the New York Times, thanks to good weather, added airline agents, and the federal government giving   commercial airliners access to military airspace for the holiday. Many travelers helped reduce the crush Wednesday, the busiest single travel day of the year,... More »

Take the Turkey Escape Route

For many, a day with the extended family is not something to be thankful for

(Newser) - If a day of cooking, arbitrating between warring family members, and washing dishes doesn't sound like a holiday to you, make it a vacation for the whole family by getting out of town. Forbes Traveler recommends Blackberry Farms in Tennessee, a farmhouse resort whose Thanksgiving festivities include a turkey fry,... More »

Thanksgiving Travel to Increase

Gas prices 90 cents higher than a year ago aren't expected to keep Americans home for the holiday

(Newser) - Some 38.7 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, despite a spike in gas prices of 90 cents over last year, travel group AAA announced today. Of those hitting the road to visit friends and family, 31.2 million will drive, a... More »

Bush Outlines Plan to Combat Flight Delays

Military opens airspace to Thanksgiving commercial flights

(Newser) - The military will open some of its East Coast airspace to commercial traffic around Thanksgiving, President Bush announced today in a series of measures to cut down on air-travel delays, reports the Chicago Tribune's Swamp blog. “We can do better," Bush said in Washington. "We have an... More »

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