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AAA Michigan: Thanksgiving Travel is as Easy as 'ABC'

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Planning a trip by air over the Thanksgiving holiday? Ensure your family a hassle-free experience by remembering the ABCs of travel: Arrive early, Be Prepared, and remain Calm, advises AAA Michigan.

"Travelers thinking they can arrive at the airport a half-hour before flights with lots of carry-on baggage may be disappointed," says Bill Best, AAA Michigan Travel Service Director. "But if you know what to expect and plan, holiday travel can be exciting."

Detroit's Metropolitan Airport expects a 6 percent increase in travelers this holiday, compared with last year.

"Travelers should arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before domestic flights and at least 2-1/2 hours early for international destinations," Best said. Other suggestions:

* Expect heavy congestion around curbfronts. Curbs will be reserved for loading and unloading only. Travelers should park in short-term parking and meet in the baggage claim area.

* All passengers are required to have photo identification.

* "Do not wrap gifts before coming to the airport, since security personnel may unwrap them," Best says.

* Keep calm in lines and during inspections.

The 102-hour holiday (6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, to midnight Sunday, Dec. 1) is a time for family travel; much of that will take place by car in Michigan. Auto travel is also expected to be heavy throughout the weekend. Traditionally, about 20 percent of Michigan residents -- 1.8 million people -- travel during the Thanksgiving holiday. Nationwide, AAA estimates 31.8 million travelers -- 3 percent more than in 1995 -- will travel 100 miles or more.

Michigan motorists will pay an average 25.9 cents more per gallon than last year at this time. A gallon of self-serve regular unleaded currently averages $1.323 statewide.

During the 1995 holiday, 12 persons died compared with 21 in 1994. Of the seven victims with safety belts available, three were buckled up and three of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related.

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/CONTACT: Nancy Cain, 313-336-1514, or Bill Semion, 313-336-1503, both of AAA Michigan/ CO: AAA Michigan ST: Michigan IN: SU:

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