Thanksgiving holiday travel rush underway on Bay Area roads, airports

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — If you’re getting ready to travel today for the Thanksgiving holiday, you’re not alone. AAA estimates that 53 million people will be flying or driving today by Sunday, and that method the roads are going to be busy.

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The highways are expected to be packed with 49 million drivers hitting the roads by Sunday. In the Bay Area, the busiest corridors are expected to be I-80 and I-580.

Early birds will be rewarded today, here are the best and worst times to hit the road:

  • Before noon is a smart time to leave, noon to 8:00 p.m. is when experts project it will be the busiest.
  • Sleeping in and taking your time to pack and load the car truly pays off today. Blasting off after 9 p.m. is the best time to excursion.
  • For your return, Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a time to avoid the roads and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be a busy time to excursion.

If you’re headed to the airport today — pack patience. The TSA says it screen more than two million people yesterday. It’s the sixth straight day they’ve screened two million people during the Thanksgiving travel rush.

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If you’re going to SFO today you could be met with protesters. Members of the union representing cashiers and food service employees, in addition as those who prepare the food and drinks served on planes will be picketing. Union officials claim workers are being denied affordable family health care in the confront of COVID-19 risks. A spokesperson for the airport says a permit has been issued to the union for the protest.

Travel is expected to be up 13% over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday — a healthy sign that things are returning to normal.

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