Thanksgiving travelers take to the air, rails, roads

PHILADELPHIA - November 27, 2011

After four nearly perfect weather days in Philadelphia area, thousands of travelers are going home; taking to the air, the rails and the roadways.

At Philadelphia International Airport, travelers were saying their goodbyes to family members with lots of hugs and tears.

"I'm really sad," said Linda Caplinger. "We're not going to see each other until Christmas."

Most flights were on time, and lines through security were thick but seemed to be moving pretty well.

Pamela Kramer had been visiting family in Cherry Hill, N.J.

"We didn't hit any traffic coming over from the Jersey side, which we were surprised about. And now it looks a little more crowded than usual, but nothing too crazy," said Pamela.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are the two busiest travel days of the year; many people returning home after a weekend with family, friends and lots of food.

"It's nice to get back in the Lehigh Valley and area. It was great," said James Orsi. "I got to see my family, do a little shopping, caught up with everybody, and had some really good food."

At 30th Street Station, a big crowd of rail travelers were making their way home, bringing the long holiday weekend to a close.

"It was incredible, I loved it! It was great to be back home, to see my room, see my family again," said Jordyn Dannenbaum.

According to AAA, over 42 million people were expected to be on the move over the weekend, and that would be the largest number since the end of 2007.

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