PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More than 53 million people are expected to take to the roads and skies on Thanksgiving Day, AAA reports.
Given this, it is recommended to arrive at the airport about three hours before the flight, so if the queues are long, you can still get to the gate on time.
Of course, airports are not without a fight.
Due to the fact that the TSA now requires vaccination against COVID-19, there are concerns about possible staff shortages. However, Pittsburgh International Airport says it has not affected them.
However, do not be surprised if there will be flight cancellations or delays, as travel is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels.
“[It’s] on a par with trips to the pandemic for us, “said Bob Kerlick, a spokesman for Pittsburgh International Airport.” There is a great demand, especially vacationers. “
He said that with the onset of the holiday season, the demand for air travel has grown significantly.
“We stopped last year, but yes, even just sitting here, there are a lot of people there,” said Natalie McCarga of Beaver Falls.
The number of trips is usually large on holidays, but the busiest day of travel, TSA said, is the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Usually people experience delays and long queues, but this year a new reason has emerged. Despite the reduction in travel during the year, TSA says they are looking to seize more weapons than ever.
They recently sent out a warning to those who may bring a gun to the airport to make sure it is properly packed so that it does not delay the queue when police arrive and does not end in a large fine.
Jim Gerry of AAA says the busiest days on the roads vary depending on how you want to get from point A to point B.
Definitely one of the busiest days you will see on the road is today. The day before Thanksgiving there are always a lot of trips, especially between 12:00 and 20:00. The days we expect a lot of people traveling back Sunday. it will be another busy day. Since people are traveling about 13% more, you have to plan as if, no matter when you leave, you will have some traffic. “
Try to avoid roads if you can, because more than 90% of travelers are projected to be drivers, Gariti said.