Thanksgiving holiday travel tips for the airways and highways - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Thanksgiving holiday travel tips for the airways and highways

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Traffic at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is running smoothly and people are moving through security checkpoints very quickly. According to the Associated Press, it's been taking about 20 minutes or less to go through security checks at major U.S. airports.

It's supposed to be one of the busiest travel days of the year but you wouldn't know it from looking at the empty check in lines at Lubbock Preston smith International Airport.

Sarah Goldwater made sure to get to the airport early, as she was expecting long lines. "We were worried about the lines, but we got here and there were no lines at all," said Goldwater.

Some travelers were concerned about security and other issues. DJ Hudson was traveling to Boston Massachusetts and had anxiety about flying. "After September 11th it kind of got crazy -- people hijacking planes if they did it then, then they could do it again."

TSA has stepped up security measures to prevent anything like that from happening again but that has traveler Jennifer Haddox feeling uncomfortable.

"I guess I have to work out more so I feel more confident when I'm traveling, I know there just doing their job but I don't want any personal pat downs," Haddox said.

The American Automobile Association says 42.2 million Americans are expected to travel on the highways today. Corporal John Gonzalez with the Department of Public Safety spoke to KCBD NewsChannel 11 about road safety and some things to look out for.

Here are some tips to consider before heading out:

  • Be patient, allow enough time to reach your destination, and obey all traffic laws
  • Roads will be crowded, and this could lead to some aggressive driving on the part of other motorists. Be courteous in these situations and avoid bad driving actions that may make the situation worse i.e., road rage
  • Monitor the weather. If it's going to be bad, particularly ice or snow events, consider staying home. Or rearrange your travel plans to avoid bad weather situations.

With 42.2 Million people traveling on the highways, it seems that travelers may experience more traffic on the roads than inside the terminal.

DPS Corporal John Gonzalez says last year during the holidays his troopers pulled over a lot of travelers. "We gave out 10,000 speeding tickets last year, so slow down, " Gonzalez said.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2009, there were 1,048 serious injuries and 39 deaths from traffic crashes that occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period.

Coming up tonight on KCBD NewsChannel 11 at 6, we'll tell you more of what you can expect if you're traveling over the holiday weekend.

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