Summer Travel Heats Up

Record year for travelers projected

Matt Moran
June 25, 2018 - 5:00 am

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A summer full of travel is underway. The busiest time will be the week of the Fourth of July. A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago.

Elizabeth Carey is with AAA Western and Central New York. She says the best thing to do is avoid what they are calling "Terrble Tuesday" on July 3rd.

"If you can travel at off times, definitely be prepared to give yourself some more time when you're getting out," Carey said.

Carey says when traveling with the family, avoiding frustrations when it comes to dealing with traffic is key.

"You can't do anything about it when there's alot of people traveling when you are," Carey said. "So try to make the most of it."

Carey says playing road games like the license plate game works for her family. The same struggles will be going on in the air for travel.

Bart Johnson is a TSA Federal Security Officer, he says their biggest concern is your safety and complying with their officers will make things go much smoother.

Johnson says to leave home items you don't need like handguns and knives. It may seem obvious but Johnson points out it happens all the time.

If you are not sure if you can bring something specific, TSA has a twitter handle @AskTsa that you can use.

"It's very helpful, no questions is too ridiculous," Johnson said. "We rather they ask it now before they get to the checkpoint."

Johson says to always arrive at least 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled to leave.




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