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Millions expected to travel this week for Thanksgiving

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Many were getting a jump start on their holiday travel on Tuesday evening (WFSB) Many were getting a jump start on their holiday travel on Tuesday evening (WFSB)
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According to AAA, 48 million people will travel this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Tuesday, many people were getting a head start to beat the rush on Wednesday, like Jake Sandakly, who was looking to avoid the congestion that travelers are expected to hit the day before Thanksgiving.

"Tried to avoid some traffic, hopefully tonight is a little better than tomorrow's going to be,” Sandakly said, as he was waiting for a bus home to Massachusetts on Tuesday.

Other travelers at the Hartford Union Station seemed to have a similar idea on Tuesday.

"I figured it would faster today instead of waiting for tomorrow,” said Eugenia Kevitko.

Fewer people were walking the halls at Bradley International Airport on Tuesday, but it's expected to look quite different Wednesday.

The airport will be filled with travelers, looking to make it to their destination in time for Thanksgiving.

According to the airport’s Executive Director Kevin Dillon, “Bradley International Airport will see a 10 percent increase in passenger volume this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Our team is prepared for this peak in travel. To help our passengers plan ahead we have issued a travel advisory. In the event of inclement weather, passengers should confirm their flight schedule with their respective airlines.”

"Passengers traveling domestically are advised to allow themselves at least 90 minutes for check in with their respective airlines and processing through the TSA screening. Those traveling internationally should give themselves three hours," the airport said in a press release.

Additionally, passengers are encouraged to follow these tips during this peak travel period:

  • Check and confirm the status of your flight with your airline prior to your departure for the Airport.
  • Click here to familiarize yourself with Bradley’s parking options and terminal facilities.
  • Speed up the screening process by reviewing the TSA screening guidelines ahead of time. For helpful travel tips during Thanksgiving week, visit the TSA’s blog. For all other information, click here.

If people aren't traveling by plane or train, they are getting to their destination by automobile.

AAA estimates nearly two million New Englanders will hit the road during the holiday weekend. 

For those traveling by car, they won’t have to worry about construction. Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that starting Wednesday at 6 a.m., all road work will have been suspended for the holiday.

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