Holiday travel season gets under way in Michigan

More than 43 million Americans expected to travel during holiday

ROMULUS, Mich. - Travelers are crossing Michigan to their holiday travel destinations.

AAA Michigan estimates that more than 1.3 million state residents will travel 50 miles or more during this year's Thanksgiving period, an increase of 7 percent over 2011. They're joining nearly 44 million Americans who are traveling Wednesday through Sunday.

Cars lined up curb-side Wednesday morning at Detroit Metro Airport for passenger drop off. TSA says it's brought in extra agents to help passengers negotiate through the check point a bit more quickly. 

New this year: Children under 12 and seniors over 75 no longer have to remove their shoes at the checkpoint and they will not be subjected to a pat-down. 

Security officials are reminding travelers to make sure they pack liquids correctly -- in a clear quart sized zip top plastic bag.

Pies and cakes are allowed through, but may be inspected. 

Guns remain the biggest problem at security check points. The TSA says people forget they are in their bag. 25 have been stopped at DTW so far this year and many others at airports around the country. 

There are no current delays at the airport despite some morning fog.

If you're flying:

Detroit Metro Airport was busy Wednesday morning, but free of major problems. Good weather across the much of the country means few weather related delays.

The TSA recommends a 3-1-1 approach for carry-ons: 3.4 ounce bottle or less for liquids, 1 quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag and 1 bag per passenger to place in the screening bin. The one-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.

Travelers can call a TSA helpline at 855-787-2227 with their questions on screening policies.

Check: Airport delays

If you're hitting the road:

Spotty fog led to some traffic slowdowns Wednesday morning. Fog appears denser on the West side of Michigan.

AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen roughly 6 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.53 per gallon.

The auto club said Monday the average is about 20 cents per gallon more than last year at this time as motorists gear up for Thanksgiving travel.

According to AAA, more than 43 million Americans will be traveling during this Thanksgiving Holiday and more than 90 percent of them will be driving, on average about 50 miles or less.

Check: Local 4 Traffic maps

Got a ticket to ride?

Local 4's Shawn Mahon reports that Greyhound expects to transport more than half a million customers during the Thanksgiving holiday week, across its network of more than 2,300 destinations.

AMTRAK has added trains along many routes, especially out of the East Coast.

Weather has the latest forecast anywhere in the country and right here in metro Detroit.

Check: Temps and radar

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