AAA: 38 Million Americans Expected to Travel For Memorial Day Weekend
The big rush out of town for the Memorial Day holiday weekend is underway. AAA estimates about 38 million Americans will travel somewhere. This is the first big travel weekend since long TSA security checkpoint lines have come in to question. Many travelers at some of the nation's largest airports have come close to, or actually missed flights because of excessively long lines.
"I'm coming from Atlanta, and when I flew up here, the line was not only snaked all the way through, it was back in to the atrium, through the atrium, back to baggage check," said Christine, who was waiting to leave Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport.
Seems everyone is urging you to get to the airport much earlier because of that.
"I was in O'Hare last week and there was like a line that was a quarter mile and it was a little," said traveler Tyler Markel. "We barely made our flight."
As of last check, security checkpoint lines at Chicago's Midway and O'Hare airports are reportedly doing okay.
AAA says gas prices are creeping higher, but are less than this time last year. The Milwaukee/Waukesha areas are averaging around $2.43/gal for regular gas. The statewide average is around $2.36/gal.