46.9 million prepare to travel for US Thanksgiving

It's almost Thanksgiving in the United States of America – and once again the holiday will bring not just turkey, shopping and family, but travel chaos too.

Americans travelling at Thanksgiving will have to deal with traffic chaos.

Americans travelling at Thanksgiving will have to deal with traffic chaos. Image by icoNYCa / CC BY 2.0

About  46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home over the Thanksgiving travel period – 25 to 29 November – the most since 2007, according to AAA Travel, a travel product and services company.

While most of those people will be on the road – nearly 42 million – there will be an added boost in the number of people flying, as AAA anticipates 3.6 million Americans will fly to their holiday destination.

With so many travellers expected at airports, some people are already predicting delays.

Airports are expected to be busy over the Thanksgiving weekend in America.

Airports are expected to be busy over the Thanksgiving weekend in America. Image by Scott / CC BY 2.0

Los Angeles International and Chicago O’Hare will be the busiest airports in America between 25 and 30 November, according to flight booking data analysed by Orbitz, a travel booking site.

LAX and ORD are followed by San Francisco International, Denver International and Boston Logan International. Anyone travelling out of Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, or Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii may have better luck, as Orbitz predicts they will be the least busy of the 50 airports analysed.

Wednesday (25 November) and Sunday (30 November) will be the busiest days of the holiday weekend, according to Orbitz.

Security measures are also up at most American airports in the wake of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris and the recent downing of a Russian plane flying out of an Egyptian holiday resort, which is suspected to have been caused by a bomb.

The Port Authority of New York, which runs LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in New York City and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey increased security following the events in Paris, reports the International Business Times.

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