Travel Tips for Thanksgiving Week

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) Whether you’re going by air or land, AAA spokesperson Christopher Hill says that Thanksgiving week is expected to slow down travelers nationwide.

“Nationally, we're looking at about 51 million people which is the most people that have traveled in over 10 years.”

Hill says more than 2 million of those travelers will be on the road in the New England region. That’s why they say it is important that you plan your trip accordingly and make sure your car is in good shape.

“With the temperatures dropping, you want to make sure your battery's sufficient. Make sure it’s charged, make sure that its check at least. If it’s been a while, it might be time for it to get replaced. Check your tires. Make sure that the air pressure is correct and that the tread's appropriate.”

Patience will be a key both when driving and if something happens to go wrong.

“We're anticipating, nationally, about 300 thousand needing some sort of road service whether it’s locking your keys in the car, dead batteries, flat tire... So again, be prepared and know that if something happens, just like getting from point A to point B, it’s probably going to be a little while before somebody can get there to assist you.”

For those flying this week, the TSA says you should give yourself even more time to travel than usual.

“It’s going to be busy,” says Spokesperson Michael McCarthy. “So just allow yourself time to park, go through the check-in process and get through the screening process and eventually find your gate.”

Security checkpoints will be congested, so make sure you brush up on TSA policy before arriving at the airport to make sure the process goes smoothly for you and everyone else.

“Being a prepared traveler means knowing what you can or cannot pack on your carry-on luggage or your checked luggage and if you know that before you get to the airport, that's going to save you a lot of time and a lot of stress.”

And if you are planning to bring any leftovers home with you, make sure it is packed away properly.
“Solid foods are fine in your carry-on luggage. An officer may ask you to take it out of your luggage and screen it separately. Wine or gravy, keep in mind, those are liquids. If you want those in larger quantities, put those in your checked luggage.”