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Millions of American join Thanksgiving travel bustle
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13:15, November 21, 2007

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Millions of Americans joined the bustle of Thanksgiving travelers Tuesday, on the eve of one of the nation's busiest travel days.
For many, it's been painfully slow going, according to CNN.

Weather delays of almost two hours greeted some travelers flying into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday evening.

Fog in the New York area was delaying some arriving flights at Newark International and LaGuardia airports by more than 90 minutes.

Flights in and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport have been delayed by almost an hour, and low cloud cover caused average delays of about 30 minutes at Philadelphia International Airport.

Coastal fog caused minor delays at Los Angeles International Airport early Tuesday, but operations were running smoothly after mid-morning.

Earlier Tuesday, a fiery crash on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore, Maryland, closed all southbound lanes for hours, complicating the trip for some drivers.

The Air Transport Association is expecting 27 million passengers to fly during 12 days beginning November 16.

Meanwhile, Americans hitting the road will be paying more to fill their gas tanks.

The price of gasoline has jumped another 13 cents per gallon (one gallon equals 3.785 liters) in the past two weeks, according to a new survey.

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular is 3.09 U.S. dollars and that's just 9 cents below the record set in May.

The travel organization American Automobile Association estimates 38.7 million Americans nationwide will travel 50 miles (one mile equals 1.609 km) or more from home this Thanksgiving.

That represents a 1.5 percent increase over last year's figure.

In the United States, Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursdayof November and is part of four-day-long weekend marking the most popular family reunion time in a year.

Usually, the week that includes the Thanksgiving is the busiesttravel period in a year in the country.


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