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Travel increases over Thanksgiving holiday

SHREWSBURY TWP., Pa. -- Million of people are carving out time to visit their families and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.

It's one of the busiest travel days of the year, and authorities are asking drivers and flyers to be patient. According to AAA, 47 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home.

People came to the Harrisburg International Airport to greet family members flying in.

"Security on my...on the end where I departed was empty," Peter Matwiczyk, a traveler, said.  "Atlanta was not crowded which was my immediate stop. Then today there were no ground stops. Everything was perfect. No delays at all."

But driving is a different story. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said more than 3.2 million drivers are expected to travel on the turnpike.

More people were traveling on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to help with congestion. Boy Scout Troop 27 of Stewartstown sets up a stand every year to offer travelers on I-83 free coffee.

"My country I'm from Donetsk City where people suffering from war," Tetyana Zasitko, a traveler, said. "And we know what it is to donate. So with pleasure I did donation today to these guys. They do right thing."

Thanksgiving gas prices are the lowest AAA has seen in seven years.

"Gas prices have certainly helped this year," Carl DeFebo of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said. "We're forecasting again the kind of record levels of travel on the PA turnpike system."

State police said drivers need to give themselves plenty of time when traveling and be aware of their surroundings.