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SEATTLE (AP) — Travelers heading home after the long Thanksgiving weekend had yet another reason to be thankful on Sunday: favorable weather and few airport delays reported on what is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year.
Although there was little elbow room on packed buses, trains and airplanes, travel appeared to be running smoothly as millions of people trekked home after feasting with family and friends.
Experts earlier predicted a slight rise in the number of people traveling this Thanksgiving weekend compared with last year’s. According to AAA’s yearly analysis, some 43.6 million Americans were expected to journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday, and more of them were likely to be driving while fewer were flying.
Mauro Scappa and his wife, Chris, and their two children were among those who chose not to take to the skies. They braced themselves for delays as they waited at New York’s Penn Station for a train back to Falls Church, Va. But their train was expected on time Sunday morning.
“We definitely wanted to avoid the airport on Thanksgiving weekend, for sure,” Mr. Scappa said.
Renee Kerns and her husband, Mike, and their two children left about 30 minutes earlier than usual to catch a flight to home to California. They anticipated longer lines at Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia but sailed through security in about 10 minutes and were at their gate for their 8:30 a.m. flight to Oakland, Calif., more than an hour before their flight.
“It was fine,” Mrs. Kerns said of getting through security.
Added her husband: “Easy, but we’re early.”
Helped by dry weather and mostly clear skies, both O’Hare International and Midway International airports in Chicago reported normal operations Sunday with no delays.
Leonard Reddick, 29, waited near downtown Chicago for his bus back to Flint, Mich. He traveled on Thanksgiving day to see his sister in the Chicago area, explaining that it’s his trick for avoiding the huge crowds on the day before the holiday. He also liked the $84 round-trip fare.
Mr. Reddick, who works at General Motors, was rethinking one decision as he was gearing up for the five-hour trip back home to Michigan: He had declined the turkey and mac and cheese leftovers because he thought it might mess up his luggage.
Dense fog greeted travelers at Union Station in Los Angeles early Sunday, but it didn’t appear to cause problems.
“I’ve never seen fog like this in L.A. It’s crazy,” said Judith Ford, 36, who hopped out of a cab and raced for a bus to Los Angeles International Airport, where she would catch a plane back to New York. She spent the holiday with her parents in Sherman Oaks. “I hope it doesn’t delay my flight!”
Mike Lansing, 63, and his wife, Kay, 60, opted to take Amtrak for the first time to their home in the San Francisco Bay area. They spent a week in Los Angeles with their daughter, son-in-law and new grandson.
Mr. Lansing said he was relieved not to have to get behind the wheel. Their daughter loaded them up with books and magazines and leftovers for the train ride home.
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