Travelling for Thanksgiving? Get Ready for Long Lines and Higher Prices

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AAA says get ready for a record number of travelers this Thanksgiving. 

Colorado Springs Airport and DIA both say that this holiday season, they expect to fill around 85% of all seats on planes. That means increased demand, higher ticket prices and long lines.   

Here are some things you should know about traveling this holiday season:   

  • First, arrive at the airport two hours early to make sure you get in line.   
  • Second, make sure you know what you can and cannot bring through security. Airports often see more issues with items during the holiday season, which can hold you up from a flight.   
  • Lastly, whether flying or driving, remember to take a deep breath. 

Drivers will see high gas prices. The national average for a gallon of gas is projected to be $3.68, nearly 30 cents higher than this time last year.

Is your car ready? 

AAA says the biggest thing to check is your tires. In Colorado, they encourage you to have snow tires.

Also check your battery. If your battery is more than three to five years old, it’s time for a new one. Your wiper blades should be changed every six months.   

An emergency car kit is also a good idea. The kit should contain a flashlight, small shovel, candles and matches, first aid kit, extra clothes and boots, blankets, water, and food that won’t spoil like energy bars.         

Dan R