Holiday travel rush looms over San Diegans

Posted at 8:11 AM, Nov 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-19 13:39:37-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - You can already see signs of the holidays at Lindbergh Field Saturday morning.

Besides both Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations lining the walls, officials expect an average of 60,000 travelers to make their way through the airport every day.

This year is expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving for travel since 2007. According to the American Automobile Association, San Diego is the second top destination for people in Southern California.

Air travel is up this year by almost six percent, which could mean delays so remember to leave with plenty of time and make sure you're familiar with all TSA rules.

Airport employees also suggest using the self-serve kiosks or checking in online to avoid long lines once you arrive.

Adam Raschke, traveling to Santa Rosa with his family, said they're leaving today to avoid a travel nightmare later on in the week. 

"Usually if you wait later in the weekend to come home or if you leave Wednesday the day before it's chaotic and disastrous and everyone's just running last minute and flights are delayed, and it's not as smooth," Raschke said.
The airports are days away from being jam-packed with travelers and families.

Ground travel may be a struggle depending on what time you leave as well.

AAA experts say the worst time to head out on the roads will be on Tuesday between 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.