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Thanksgiving travel expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels

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(850 WFTL) – Thanksgiving travel this year is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels in Florida, according to AAA.

AAA says 54.6 million Americans are expected to travel by road trip or by air. In Florida, 2.9 million people are expected to travel. That is the most since 2005.

“Travel is still roaring back from the pandemic,” said AAA Vice President of Travel Debbie Haas. “While gas prices and other inflationary pressures weigh on budgets, travel remains a top priority for Americans, particularly during the holidays.”

For those planning to travel by car,  AAA said gas prices could set new record highs for the holiday.

The Transportation Security Administration is predicting as many as 2.5 million passengers will go through airport checkpoints across the country.

The hope, AAA said, is for all travelers to enjoy the holiday, but to stay safe and slow on the roads and allow extra time at the airports.