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Traveling This Thanksgiving Holiday

By: Pachatta Pope
By: Pachatta Pope

Long lines of people with countless pieces of luggage will fill countless airports across the country.

The Brazos Valley's own Easterwood Airport is taking part in hustle and bustle of holiday travelers. Passengers were arriving at the airport to make a quick trip home.

Texas A&M graduate student Steven Laihing was at Easterwood waiting for his flight. He says if he wanted to make it home for Thanksgiving, flying was is only option.

"I don't really have much of a choice," Laihing said. "I live in Huntsville, Alabama, so that's about a 14 hour drive. We have to be back on Monday."

Since flying is one of the most popular choices for traveling, the Transportation Security Administration is asking all air passengers to use the 3-1-1 rule. The rule applies to passengers who want pack liquids or gels inside their carry-on luggage. Liquids packed have to be three ounces or less. The containers holding the liquids must fit inside one quart-sized bag and the TSA has limited one bag per passenger.

For those who don't want to fly, the road is their destination. Many drivers are trying to avoid the hassles of airports while they take advantage of current gas prices.

One of those drivers is Jaime Kennedy. She's happy about the lower lower prices at the pump, but says if prices were still high she would still drive but her mood would be different.

"I'd still be going home, but I probably wouldn't be as happy about it," Kennedy said.

Jacob Cannon is another traveler who decided to drive home. He says he three-hour trek is more bearable because gas prices are not too bad.

Ironically, gas prices have not changed all that much from last year. According to AAA, the average price of gas in Texas is $2.10. A year ago, it was $2.11. Texas AAA estimates that 3.4 million residents will be on Texas highways from Wednesday through Sunday night.

Overall, the number of people traveling this Thanksgiving holiday in Texas is estimated to only be up two percent from 2005. Some of that increase could come from Louisiana hurricane survivors in Texas who have recovered and are now able to make holiday trips.

The fact is that millions of people are all sharing the same goal of making it somewhere in time for Thanksgiving dinner. And with the extra people traveling, the wait for that piece of turkey could be a little longer.


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