For the fourth consecutive year more Americans are traveling 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA. "We are on a slow climb back," said AAA New York spokesman Robert Sinclair Jr., referring to the severe economic downturn in 2008 that led to a 25 percent decline in holiday travel. "It's a climb, but it is a slow one, and perhaps not enough for people to really make a significant commitment to travel."
Most of the nearly 44 million Americans who are traveling for the weekend—the majority by automobile—can expect clear skies and pleasant weather. "Airports across most of the country faced few delays on Wednesday," according to Reuters. The only major problem area was Chicago, where a thick fog forced hundreds of delays at both O'Hare and Midway, the city's two primary airports. Even there, though, flights were typically off the ground about 40 to 45 minutes later than scheduled.