End of Thanksgiving Travel Rush

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

Whether by air or by road, Americans spent the weekend traveling; nearly 32 million took road trips and almost 5 million caught flights. And for the most part, those travels were without trouble.

"I got to the airport two hours early rather than one, and I just sat around for about an hour and a half!" laughs Cooley law student Laura Majewski. "Overall, travel went well, I didn't see any delays."

Not quite the same story for soldier Brad Holloway.

"I had a two hour delay due to mechanical problems in Chicago and here [in Lansing] I kind of got bumped off my flight," he says.

A Lansing airport representative reports the clear, warm weather this weekend helped in the overall easiness of holiday air travel. But on the highways, it wasn't all smooth sailing.

"So far in Michigan [this weekend], we've had 10 fatalities and nine different crashes. That includes three that were alcohol-related and six people were not belted in those crashes," says Sgt. John Faccio of the Michigan State Police.

He also says the warm weather might have something to do with it.

"The nicer the day, the more people on the road, so you'll have heavier traffic on a nice day. Usually when it's bad weather, people tend to slow down, drive better-- stay off the roads for that matter," says Faccio.

He says the Michigan State Police have beefed up their highway presence this weekend, and there have been no major disruptions in the flow of traffic.

"No real big delays except when there are crashes," he says.

Faccio says the number of accidents reported this weekend are typical, but "that number will rise as the weekend goes on."

Back at the airport, Brad Holloway isn't fretting over not catching his flight Sunday afternoon.

"I'm a patient guy," he says. "I just got back from Iraq and I'm just enjoying being home. One more day? Hey, I'll take it."

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