By Land or Air: Memorial Day Travel

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email
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By: Gina Pitisci
May 24, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Holiday weekends encourage travel, but which will be busier: The air or the roads? I stopped by Tallahassee Regional Airport earlier today and spoke with some travelers who are making their way both in and out of town for the Memorial holiday weekend.

"I'm going to visit my 5 grandchildren in Dallas, Texas."
"I"m going to St. Louis, Missouri."
"I'm going to Ft. Lauderdale to visit my friends."

Whether people are heading back home or going on vacation, Memorial Day weekend marks the start to the busy summer travel season.

Dale Hewitt, holiday traveler: "Leaving DC today, I flew out of Reagan National, it was packed out, it was nothing like this, This is a dream to walk through here and not have to hustle and bustle."

Jamaal Sabree said due to the high price for airfare, he opted to buy a one way flight to Miami and plans to drive back.

Jamaal Sabree, holiday traveler: "They were definitely more expensive but I just bit the bullet because I want to see my girlfriend."

AAA estimates that approximately 31 million Americans are expected to hit the roadways this weekend which is slightly up from last year.

Brends Smith, Field Manager: "The largest number of travelers will be among our auto travelers and then the second highest will be among the air, and we even have a few people that are going to venture out and take their trip by train this year."

Whatever your mode of transportation, it's a good idea to be prepared for longer lines and traffic.

"Hectic, very hectic. it's just very busy, that's the only thing I can say about that."

For those of you that are traveling by air this weekend, airport officials recommend giving yourself a little extra time to get to your flight since security lines may be longer than usual this weekend.

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