Michigan Preps for Thanksgiving Travel

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- For those heading to the airport this holiday, some words of wisdom.

"You wanna get all that change and have all those gels and liquids in a zip-lock baggy," says Nicole Noll, spokeswoman for the Capital Region International Airport. "Get yourself prepared, and you'll get right through."

There are no body scanners at the mostly quiet Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, but you could get the controversial pat-down if you set off the metal detector.

"If there is a need for additional security steps, they will go through their process. For additional information, you can go to TSA's website -- TSA.gov," Noll says.

Others are hitting perhaps the busiest roads of the year. Some 40 million people are expected to be on the roadways nationwide -- potentially dangerous on a popular night for drinking, as well.

"They like to get together, have a few drinks and sometimes get out of hand," says Michigan state trooper Mike Dillon. "So I'm thinking we're gonna be busy tonight."

State police will be pooling almost all their officers onto extra road patrols, looking to snag any scoff-laws.

"The penalty has been enhanced; the fines have been enhanced, and it's a huge mark on your driving record," Dillon says.

And given those busy highways and high gas prices, many more this year are opting for the train.

"I'm going to Chicago for Thanksgiving with my sister," says Amtrak traveler Keith Jones, who's catching his train in East Lansing. "It's extremely convenient, one-way trip and drive back with my sister. It's cheap, and no gas for me."

And there's anther reason the train's become popular in recent years.

"Once people find out about it, use it once, they find out how easy it is," says Tim Hoeffer with the Michigan Department of Transportation. "It takes you right from East Lansing to downtown Chicago, or Kalamazoo, or Battle Creek or any of the other places around the way."

Last year was a record one for Amtrak, and there are expectations of another record-breaker this time around.

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