Thanksgiving holiday travel starts this week

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Millions of Americans will either hit the road or take to the skies this week for the Thanksgiving holiday travel season.

But traveling, especially during the holidays, can be a nightmare.

The new TSA screening regulations at airports have complicated things even further for travelers.

But according to the director of the Lake Charles Regional Airport, Heath Allen, the new regulations are not keeping travelers away, at least locally.

"Over this past weekend, it was pretty heavy travel," said Allen. "We're expecting [Tuesday] to be a relatively heavy travel day. We're not bringing in any additional flights or anything like that, but we expect the planes to be full."

Allen said the heaviest traffic actually occurs after Thanksgiving, usually on Sunday.

As for other travelers, AAA estimates 40 million Americans will drive to their holiday destinations this Thanksgiving, a 12 percent increase over last year.

The average price for gasoline this Thanksgiving is $2.87, up 23 cents from last year.

To calculate how much you will spend on gas during the holiday travel season, click here.

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