DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The two major ways of travel this weekend will be on the roadways and in the skies and in the last few years, AAA has seen a major spike in travel for this summer holiday.
The jump is mostly tied to the current economic climate both here at home and internationally.
With much of the country seemingly back on track and making its way to recovery, more families are able to set aside some money for extra luxuries like travel.
Over at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the staff is preparing for an influx of customers. Not every traveler is anticipating a smooth journey given the recent issues with the Transportation Security Administration.
In the last few weeks, travelers have complained of hours of waiting for TSA lines. In the last few days the TSA head of security stepped down as the organization looks to fix the issues.
Airports are trying to reassure travelers that things can go fairly quickly if you help out by arriving at least 90 minutes before your trip and making sure that your liquids meet TSA guidelines and are in a separate compartment of your luggage so that you can easily access it and put it aside for the security check.
For those who may head to Charlotte out of that airport, officials want to tell you this.
“The biggest thing is getting here on time. That will lower everybody’s blood pressure and give everybody the opportunity to get to where they need to be without the stress of worrying whether I’m going to make my flight or not,” said an official.
The TSA and airports say what will slow down your Memorial Day travels is contraband and items that are on their ban list.
Experts say of the millions traveling, 34 percent will be flying. One poll found the top 5 domestic destinations are
- New York City
- Washington D.C.
- Los Angeles
Maybe the best tip that experts have for you is to start your travels early. That, of course, gives you a head start on the traffic and a smoother ride to vacation.