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Cheap gas fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)  - An expanded version of America's annual Thanksgiving travel saga has begun with gas prices low and terrorism fears high.

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to the motoring organization AAA. That would be an increase of more than 300,000 people over last year, and the most travelers since 2007.

Among the reasons given for the increase: an improving economy and the cheapest gasoline for this time of year since 2008.

Triple A says the average person traveling this week will go at least 50 miles from home from Wednesday through Sunday. A spokesperson for the Louisville airport tells us that the day before Thanksgiving isn't even close to the busiest travel day of the year.  It's usually Derby week. But airlines nationwide are expecting 65,000 more passengers each day than last year.  

And if you are flying out of Louisville, there likely won't be any weather delays, and costs are down this year, as well. According to Triple A, airline tickets are ten percent lower than last year for many of the top routes. 

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