AAA expects 30% fewer holiday travelers in 2020: When not to drive, what to expect

It looks like many Americans may be heeding the CDC’s advice not to travel over the holidays. But some are still determined to see family and friends.

AAA says it expects about 34 million U.S. residents to travel over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays (Dec. 23-Jan 3.) — nearly a 30% drop from last year.

AAA’s forecast estimates 2.9 million Americans will travel by plane, down 59% from last year’s 7.3 million.

And it predicts the vast majority of holiday travelers – about 81 million in total –  to go by car. But that’s still a nearly 25% drop from 108 million in 2019. 

However, while Thanksgiving travel was down considerably from 2019, Transportation Security Administration checkpoints still set pandemic records for passenger screenings, passing the 1-million mark for the first time since this spring. 

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