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Holiday travel in full swing as millions are expected to travel despite terror alert

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Millions of Americans are expected to travel on Wednesday in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday.

With a terror alert in place, officials said they're urging people to be cautious on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

In addition to keeping an eye on the airports and train stations, police are also increasing their numbers on the roads.

At midnight, state police said they stepped up patrols and have been keeping an eye out for unsafe drivers.

AAA predicted 46.9 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles. That's the most since 2007. About 2 million New Englanders will be traveling by road. The auto club also expected 25 million people across the country to fly. 

The terror alert was issued by the U.S. State Department on Monday.

"It's a little bit scary but I trust we have things under control," said Matt Berezo, a traveler.

The state department asked travelers to be aware of their surroundings and to immediately report anyone or anything that looks suspicious.

Transportation officials urged people to build in extra time, up to two hours early in advance of your flight, at the airport to get through security.

"[The Transportation Security Administration] has to be a lot more thorough now because of all these concerns," said Seth Kaplan, an airline analyst. "It's pretty simple mathematics. In the end, it's going to take more time to screen each person, and that is going to add up to longer lines."

Airlines recommended arriving two hours before a flight is scheduled to depart.

As for the roads, Connecticut State Police warn the holidays can be dangerous.  Last year, they made more than 1,100 speeding arrests, more than 50 DUI arrests, and investigated nearly 1,000 injuries including one deadly wreck.  

The travelers told Eyewitness News on Wednesday the headaches and hassles of the road are well worth it because there is no place like home for the holiday.

“I think that you get to see people you care about spend time with them have good food and get to relax and enjoy yourself,” traveler Linda Stanton said.

Travelers can be happy about is gas prices in Connecticut are down an average of 90 cents a gallon compared to last Thanksgiving.  

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