Cheap Gas Has Fueled Travel Day for Thanksgiving Holiday

An expanded version of the annual travel saga for Americans on Thanksgiving has started with low gas prices and high levels of fear over terrorism.

AAA the motoring organization estimates that 46.9 million Americans will drive a car, ride plane, train or bus a minimum of 50 miles from their home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

That would equal an increase of over 300,000 people over 2014 and the most since 2007. Amongst the reasons for the increase are the improved economy and the least expensive gasoline for this period since 2008.

Anyone who is trekking to one of the major airports should consider an additional 50 minutes or more driving and that is just arriving at the airport let along trying to negotiate through all the hordes of security.

Though no changes were made to the terror alert in the U.S., the recent Paris and West Africa attacks prompted the U.S. State Department to warn travelers from the U.S. about the risks of traveling overseas.

On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration chief Peter Neffenger boasted that the United States has the best aviation security in the world and assured the public that the TSA was taking every possible measure available to protect the millions of air passengers over the upcoming weeks.

Airfares have jumped by only 69 cents compared to last year on average according to the ARC or Airlines Recording Corp, which is in charge of processing all ticket transactions for both travel agencies and airlines.

There is inclement weather that on Wednesday was in the Midwest and will be nearly on the east coast late Thanksgiving day. The weather could cause even further travel delays as flights are delayed and or cancelled.

The airline industry has requested it passengers arrive two to three hours prior to an international flight and one to two hours prior to a domestic flight to ensure they will be ticketed in time.

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