Some Thanksgiving travelers get early start


Some Thanksgiving travelers get early start — Although the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year, it seems many holiday travelers hit the road or boarded planes a little earlier this year. (AP)

Travelers begin to crowd roads, airports — Millions of Americans were hitting the road, heading to airports and taking to train stations Wednesday to get home in time for Thanksgiving turkey on what’s traditionally the biggest travel day of the year. (AP)

Thanksgiving journeys will require extra time, patience — Expect creeping security lines and a beefed-up police presence at airports over the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Transportation Security Administration Director Kip Hawley warned Tuesday. (USA Today)

Slow start to holiday for Massachusetts travelers — Holiday-bound drivers on the Massachusetts Turnpike last night were delayed for hours between Boston and Sturbridge. The 60-mile trip took some drivers more than two hours during the heart of rush hour, according to the Cambridge-based SmarTraveler traffic advisory service. (The Boston Globe)

New precautions for Logan runways — The Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts Port Authority yesterday announced a series of changes designed to prevent runway episodes at Logan International Airport in Boston, and to reassure travelers heading into the busy holiday season. (The Boston Globe)

ATA flight attendants OK new contract — Flight attendants with bankrupt ATA Airlines, have approved a new three-year contract. The Indianapolis-based airline is working to emerge from bankruptcy. (AP)

FEMA extends hotel housing program by one month — Stung by complaints it was pushing hurricane victims out before the holidays, FEMA extended its hotel housing program Tuesday by a month in 10 states where most of the homeless evacuees sought shelter after Katrina and Rita. (AP)

Frequent non-flyer jailed for point scam — A Melbourne, Australia man who had 17.6 million frequent flyer points with some of the world’s biggest airlines without getting onto a plane has been jailed. Austin Perrott, 45, pleaded guilty in Australian court to nine counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception. (AAP)

Tanker fire closes parts of I-95 — Traffic was snarled around the U.S. capital early Wednesday after a tanker truck carrying 8,700 gallons of gasoline exploded on Interstate 95 on one of the busiest travel days of the year. (AP)

Storm expected to bring snow, worsen travel conditions — A storm system moving through the Great Lakes was expected to bring snow to the Ohio Valley early Wednesday before moving east throughout the day. (AP)

US Airways says merger may not perform as expected — US Airways Group said its acquisition by America West — the cornerstone of its bankruptcy exit — will face “significant challenges” and the combined company may not perform as expected. (AP)

The rush is on — Americans gassed up their cars and toted luggage and families to airports Wednesday, coping with crowds, traffic tie-ups and snow in the dash to get home in time for Thanksgiving turkey. (AP)

United adds new flights — Air travelers looking for flights to San Antonio will have more choices next spring when United Airlines adds service from Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and Tulsa International Airport. (AP)

Biloxi could mine Nugget — Golden Nugget hotel-casinos has proposed a $400 million waterfront development in Biloxi. It would employ about 3,000 people, 1,800 of them in the casino and accompanying hotel. (AP)

Arizona farmers welcoming tourists — Some Arizona farmers are finding a way to squeeze a bit more money out of their land — by opening it up to tourists who want to learn how their meals get from the ground to the dinner table. (AP)

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