Possible Record-Setting Holiday Travel Rush Underway

Prepare for plenty of company out on the roads and in the skies.

Today is considered one of the busiest travel days of the year, as people head out of town for Thanksgiving celebrations. 

AAA estimates more than 54 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday - and of that group, more than 48 million will do so in the car.

The WBZ 24 Hour Traffic Network reports the evening rush started early Wednesday afternoon, with delays quickly building on the Massachusetts Turnpike, the Expressway, Route 3, Route 1, and I-93 north of the city. 

 
 

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Over at Logan Airport, WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe reports lines were long earlier Wednesday, but by mid-afternoon, it appears most travelers were on their way to where they had to go.

There were limited delays and cancellations at Logan throughout the afternoon.

Airlines are bracing for what could be a record number of people flying for Thanksgiving. There's a 6% jump in passengers expected over last year - nearly five million people in all.

The FAA says the military is allowing air traffic controllers to use what would normally be protected airspace for commercial flights. This will cause less potential for delays on high traffic routes.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe reports from Logan below. Follow her on Twitter here. 

 

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