Planes, trains, and autos - thousands travel for Holidays

November 24, 2010 4:38:34 PM PST
The great holiday migration began Wednesday as thousands headed for grandma's house - or wherever they planned to spend the Thanksgiving holiday.

Along Triangle area highways, drivers reported heavier than usual traffic at midday.

Officials predict more than a million North Carolinians will hit the roads this week. That’s an 11 percent increase over last year.

Driving will cost you more than a year ago. Last Thanksgiving, the cost of a gallon of gas in the Triangle was $2:59. The average now is closer to $2:80.

At RDU, there were few delays despite a call for a national boycott of the new TSA security screenings.

A loosely organized effort dubbed National Opt-Out Day said it planned to use flyers, T-shirts and, in one case, a Scottish kilt to highlight what some call unnecessarily intrusive security screenings.

Nationwide, more than 40 million people plan to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA, with just more than 1.6 million flying -- a 3.5 percent increase in fliers from last year.

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole told ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday that his agency is "fully staffed" to deal with problems, but that travelers should expect delays because of the planned protests at airports across the country.

"I just feel bad for the traveling public that's just trying to get home for the holidays," Pistole said, noting that TSA screeners "just want to get you through."

An ABC11 news crew that spent Wednesday at RDU saw no one decline the scan or pat downs.

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