Thanksgiving travel forecast and life hacks

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – It’s one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year, and the influx in airline passengers and drivers is already taking place. More than 54 million Americans will travel this week, according to AAA, and Utahns are already facing crowds on the roads and at the airport.

“The line was all the way back. It was extremely busy, really busy, we were totally surprised,” Angie Williams, a traveler at SLC International Airport said.

“Wednesday is going to be our busiest day. We are expecting about 25,000 passengers then it drops off and picks up again later in the week,” Nancy Volmer, the spokeswoman for Salt Lake International Airport said.

If you are flying out of town, it’s suggested you get to the airport two hours early and print out your boarding pass beforehand to avoid ticket counter lines. Airport Ambassadors are standing by to make sure you have a smooth experience as you leave town.

“These are volunteers wandering through the airport in lime green shirts. They will give directions or answer any questions passengers might have,”  said Nancy Volmer, the spokeswoman for Salt Lake International Airport.

Even if you aren’t leaving town and just doing a pickup, you could face congestion. 

“We get really congested curbside. Stay in the parking lot and wait until passenger has picked up bags and is waiting,” Nancy Volmer, the spokeswoman for Salt Lake International Airport said.

If you’re driving to your destination, the Utah Highway Patrol doesn’t want you to be caught off guard, especially with wintry weather on the way. Major travel days of Wednesday and Sunday are clear, but plenty of storm activity is sandwiched in between.

“Make sure you have that windshield washer fluid, make sure your wipers are ready to go if you have to be driving through inclement weather and make sure you have proper tires,” Sgt. Nick Street of UHP said. 

Make sure you leave plenty of space in between cars, buckle up and have the emergency kit handy as snow moves in and impacts mountains and valleys.

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