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Thanksgiving travel


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- Millions of Americans are out on the road and in the sky, trying to get to their Thanksgiving destinations. Travel is up by four percent, compared to last year.

When it comes to holiday travels 90 percent of people prefer the open road. This Thanksgiving is marking the first significant increase in holiday travel for 2011.

Although Rochester International Airport stayed relatively calm Wednesday... Beth Meyer is one traveler that's in for a long flight. She'll fly back to Anchorage, Alaska in time to celebrate Thanksgiving that night.

Beth says "Oh the best part is seeing family that we haven't seen for awhile and the worst part is waiting and TSA security."

For Bobbi Peterson of Kasson the worst part comes after T-S-A. "Well it's my first time flying a plane by myself so uh yeah, I'm a little nervous."

According to AAA, 42.5 million Americans will travel at least 50 milles this Thanksgiving, but for some people, the trip to grandma's house won't take nearly as long.

Sue Hanson is spending her Thanksgiving in Rochester, "Grandma's house."

Where's grandma's house?

"Other side of town. I don't have to travel too far but the whole family gets together at her house and we all live in town so weather usually doesn't make a problem for us but it's great for every body who does have to travel out of town this weekend."

Despite a still weak economy, millions are choosing family and friends over frugality.

The average distance traveled by Americans during the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be 706 miles.

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