VIDEO: Thanksgiving travel expected to be heaviest since 2007

KRON4's Will Tran is at SFO on Wednesday, November 23, previewing how Thanksgiving travel in the Bay Area is looking.


NATIONAL (KRON) — Americans took to the roads, air and railways on Wednesday for what is expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel period in almost a decade.

Almost 49 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday, the most since 2007, because of lower gas prices and an improving economy, according to AAA.

Airlines for America projects more than 27 million people will fly on U.S. airlines during the Thanksgiving travel period, up 2.5 percent from last year.

The holidays mean fun and family, but for many Americans, it also means traveling. Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, is the third busiest travel day of the year.

AAA forecasts that 48.7 million Americans will travel and nearly 6 million of those people are Californians.

KRON4’s Will Tran is spending Wednesday morning at the San Francisco International Airport to preview how the Bay Area holiday travel looks.

To make things as easy as possible for your trips through airports this holiday season, follow these tips from the Transportation Security Administration.

  • Arrive at least two hours early
  • Consider the TSA pre-check program
  • Know what can and can’t fly
  • Don’t wrap your Christmas presents
  • Leave your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at home
  • Tape a business card or leave identification on valuable electronics
  • If you have a question, check with the TSA

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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