A lot of Americans might not get where they're going for Thanksgiving, as the combination of wind and rain, and in some areas snow and ice, that’s moving into much of the east is going to make travel difficult on highways and in the air.
Jaclyn Kelley takes a trip to Armstrong International Airport to talk to local residents flying out and talks with Michelle Wilcutt about some tips to keep in mind while traveling this holiday season.
The first tip, may be obvious but is extremely important, get to the airport early. Travel experts say parking lots tend to fill up faster, and check-in lines, as well as security lines are usually longer than normal. It is also good to remember airlines require bags to be checked up to an hour early, and planes start board 15 to 20 minutes before departure, so make sure to be present at the gate before boarding is called.
If driving is part of the holiday travel this season, allow more time, especially if driving in snow, ice and sleet is uncommon. One expert says to make sure to slow down even more than usual in harsh weather conditions.
To find out up to the minute road conditions along travel routes, the Department of Transportation and Development has a helpful cell phone app called “Way to Geaux” that gives real time traffic alerts, current road conditions, and alternate routes in order to avoid congested areas.
In addition, State Police say they will have an increased number of troopers on patrol over the Thanksgiving holiday to help keep motorists safe. Troopers will be focusing on seat belt enforcement, and as a reminder, it is a state law that the driver as well as every passenger in a vehicle needs to be buckled up.