1.6M More People to Travel for Thanksgiving this Year

November 23, 2017 06:11 AM

Roughly 50.9 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving this year.

That's the largest number in 12 years and it's expected to break the record set in 2005.

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From New York to Philadelphia, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles, airports have been packed with travelers.

In fact, 28 million people are expected to fly while 45.5 million drivers are expected to hit the road.

According to AAA, roughly 1.6 million more people will travel this year for the Thanksgiving holiday compared with last year.

Meanwhile, Amtrak officials said Wednesday was their single busiest travel day of the year.

"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season," Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president of travel and publishing, said in a statement.

Expect to see extra patrols on Minnesota roads through the end of the year, especially on weekends when arresting drunk drivers will be top priority.

Track traffic updates here.

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