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Travelers glad to be in Tucson for Thanksgiving despite flight delays

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TUCSON (KVOA) - This is the busiest travel time since the pandemic started.

Transportation Security Administration expects 20 million people across the United States will be taking to the skies.

Sixty thousand people are expected to come through the Tucson International Airport over the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Last time, I went on a plane it got me really nervous," a young traveler said.

Airline travel has changed since the pandemic, making travelling challenging for some.

Transportation Security Administration expects 20 million people across the United States will be taking to the skies.

"Everybody wearing a mask," traveler Austin Carroll said. "You don't even know whose got the virus."

Carroll is visiting family from North Carolina. His issues major issue - flight delays.

"Horrible, I was delayed 12 hours," Carroll said. "Stuck in Raleigh and overnight in Dallas, so it was not ideal. But I'm here."

Despite Carroll's travel issues, his dad is thrilled they are all gathering not only to celebrate Thanksgiving, but also his 70th birthday.

"It's great to have everybody together," Tony Carroll said. "As kids age, they move around, but it's important that we have sort of some gravitational force to get us together every once in a while to celebrate events like this."

If you are planning to take to the skies during the Thanksgiving holiday, give yourself at least 90 minutes before your scheduled take-off.

This will give you time to clear security and make your gate on time.

If you are thinking about hitting the roads for Thanksgiving, here in Arizona, there will be 930,000 Arizonans driving to their destination.

AAA says with the U.S. borders opening to international travelers, travelers should be prepared for things to be noticeably more crowded.

"The roads don't really bother me," Tucson resident Bernard Soncini said. "I drove a truck over the road over the last 30 years so traffic and stuff this is nothing and I got stuck in la one year with traffic."

Drivers will also be paying a little more at the pump this year. According to AAA, the average price of gas is $3.40.

Have a news tip or would like to report a typo? Email Anthony Victor Reyes at areyes@kvoa.com.

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