Roads, skies busy with travelers

November 29, 2010 5:01:00 AM PST
As Thanksgiving travelers head back home, millions of people crowded airports, train stations and roads Sunday.

Sunday is supposed to be the busiest day of travel at O'Hare International Airport.

"It's not too bad actually. It takes time to get through security, but it's not too bad," said Trevor Smith, traveler.

"So far, there've been no problems. Security lines are moving, the roads are clear, the ticket counters are clear," said Karen Pride, Chicago Department of Aviation.

More people are traveling this year, but due to the bad economy and security concerns, lots of people are hitting the road.

"I like the bus. To me to go to the airport and pay that kind of money, at this late notice it would be $500," said Barbara Elowson

Officials at Greyhound report a 30-percent increase in ridership nationwide during this time while the rails are also seeing more passengers.

"You don't have to deal with the pat-downs the airlines are doing. You can stand up, walk around. It's livable. I kind of like it," said James Moules, Amtrak train passenger.

Nationally, AAA forecasts more than 42 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend, an 11.4-percent increase from this time last year.

"People are working with more disposable income, more job stability and are willing to spend some money on travel," said Beth Mosher, AAA Chicago.

Even though gas prices are on the rise, more people hit the roads in 2010 than 2009.

"We brought a plane ticket, rented a car and are forking it out for the gas. It's expensive, but family's worth it," said John Sowinski, driving from Chicago to New York City.

While more travelers might be a sign of a better economy, it also makes more delays especially at the airport.

"I take it all in my stride," said Mary O'Neill, air traveler.


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