Many Americans Choosing Not To Fly Home For Thanksgiving

Americans whose budgets are still pinched by the economy have been finding cheaper ways to travel today for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Many are driving or taking trains and buses instead of paying more for air fare. And some are simply staying home.

Cathy Smith has flown home to Tennessee in the past, but the 18-year-old was taking a bus Wednesday. Her grandparents, who paid for her ticket, said a flight cost too much.

And in some cases, the switch to the roads and rails has meant smaller and calmer crowds at the airports. An employee at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport says there's a noticeable change from last year.

That may be little consolation for drivers trying to make their way through heavy holiday traffic.

By late Wednesday afternoon on the New Jersey Turnpike, there was an 18-mile backup northbound and a 13-mile delay southbound.


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