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Expect busier roadways and airports heading into Thanksgiving

AAA predicts nearly 54 million people will travel for Thanksgiving this year.
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AAA predicts nearly 54 million people will travel for Thanksgiving this year.

Many have plans to travel for the holidays and experts say this year will be busier than last. AAA predicts about 54 million people will travel for Thanksgiving, the highest single-year increase since 2005.

Despite gas costing over a dollar more per gallon than this time last year, the agency says 90 percent of people plan to travel by car. But if you’re taking to the skies, experts say to pack your patience and plan for crowded airports and long lines now that international travel restrictions have been lifted.

"We always, as a good rule of thumb, tell people to be here at least an hour and a half to two hours before your flight, especially if you are leaving anywhere between 5 and 8 a.m.," said Stacy Hamm, spokesperson at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. She says to minimize delays travelers should have their belongings ready to be checked and documentation prepared.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its recommendations for holiday gatherings and related travel, saying that the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible.

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Nyk has worked in radio since 2011 serving as a board operator, on-air announcer and production director for commercial radio stations in Iowa. Originally from the Quad Cities area, Nyk joined KGOU in 2018 as a practicum student studying Creative Media Production at OU. Upon graduating the following year, he became part of KGOU’s staff and is now the local Morning Edition host. When not on the air, Nyk likes to read, listen to music and follow news about the radio industry.
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