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Traveling to see loved ones this weekend? So is most everybody else

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HANOVER TWP., LEHIGH COUNTY, Pa. - As we head into the holidays, more cars are on the road and more people are in airports.

Drivers get some slightly good news at the gas pump, since the national average for a gallon of gas has dropped 12 cents this week to $3.64, according to a news release by the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Despite the drop, this is the highest gas has cost on Thanksgiving since they started tracking prices in 2000.

For those choosing to fly, Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) reports that there's been an almost 9% increase in passengers from October of last year.

"Air travel demand continues to be strong,” said Executive Director Thomas R. Stoudt, of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

“According to AAA, the next two months are expected to be very busy on the roads and of course, at airports."
Thomas R. Stoudt, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

“According to AAA, the next two months are expected to be very busy on the roads and of course, at airports."

He recommends travelers give themselves extra time and "pack their patience.”

We've highlighted some tips so you can have the smoothest travel experience possible.

Holiday Travel Checklist

  • Have a “Plan B” in case of travel delays or cancellations
  • Give yourself extra time.
  • If flying, arrive at the airport two hours before your scheduled departure
  • Research your specific airline’s travel requirements, like their policies for carry-on and checked bags
  • Charge your electronics (laptop, cell phone, etc.)  
  • Pack a snack and an empty refillable water bottle 
  • Know what items are allowed in your carry-on and checked baggage
  • Leave room in your suitcase to bring home gifts and souvenirs
  • Consider mailing wrapped gifts instead of packing them, in case Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decides they need additional screening