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Millions of Americans gear up for busiest travel day of the year


MADISON (WKOW) -- Millions of Americans take planes, trains and automobiles for what will likely be the busiest travel day of the year.

AAA declares Wednesday the busiest travel day of the year. A fierce weather system will make for touch travel in the Northwest and Northern California, but any flight delays are not likely to ripple across the country.

AAA says Thanksgiving travel will increase nationally for the fourth consecutive year. In Wisconsin, about 874,000 people are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, which is about the same number as last year. Nearly, 784,000 people plan to travel by automobile, while 64,000 will travel by air.

If you plan to fly during the Thanksgiving holiday, some airlines will allow you to avoid the baggage counter by tagging and checking your own bags.

Additionally, the TSA has a new pre-check program this year. You can sign up and pass through a separate security line with your laptop in your bag and your shoes on your feet.

If you're traveling at the airport with food, make sure to leave the liquids at home. Your turkey is welcome, but the cranberries are on the no-fly list.

Dial 511 for the latest information on traffic and road closures in Wisconsin. Also, click here for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website.

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