SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Many people are traveling during the Thanksgiving Holiday season, consider to be one of the busiest times of the year.
If you're flying, be sure to check for weather delays out of the Midwest and East Coast areas.
"When there's bad weather in other parts of the country, it can certainly create a ripple effect. Check with your airline before you head down to the airport,” said Rebecca Bloomfield who is with the San Diego International Airport.
As of 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, there were no major delays or cancellations but that could easily change as the day progresses.
Experts say there are a couple things to remember: look for discounted economy parking to save time and money and remember the '3-1-1 rule' for liquids and gels packed in TSA travel-approved plastic bags.
Airport representatives remind everyone to arrive at least 1.5 hours early for domestic flights and 2.5 for international travel.
This year, there are new amenities including "Ready, Pet, Go" which is a new therapy dog program. Passengers can pet a pooch to help de-stress while waiting for flight. There will be 11 dogs roaming the terminals, accompanied by handlers. The animals will be wearing vests that say "pet me."
About 60,000 passengers a day fly out of the San Diego International Airport during the Thanksgiving period.
Across the county, 46 million people are going to visit loved ones. Eleven percent will fly and 85 percent will drive.
Experts estimate 3.5 million people in Southern California will travel by plane or by car, up almost four percent from last year, and lower gas prices aren't the only reason.
"We're seeing an improvement in the job situation here in California and an increase in household worth this year seems to be having the biggest impact, and so more people are willing to travel," Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California said.
"What we would caution for the driver is to make sure you get enough rest before you do something like that -- at least five hours because we're seeing that drowsy driving is almost as dangerous as drunk driving," Spring said.
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