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More people set to travel for Thanksgiving

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - This year, AAA said an extra 1 million people will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, which officially begins Wednesday.

Highway patrol troopers said in addition to heavier traffic, drivers need to keep an eye out for more congestion because of Black Friday shoppers mixing with travelers.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sonny Collins said motorists can also expect to see heavy patrols and traffic along Interstate 95 as people head to their destinations. That's why it will be all hands on deck for the SCHP.

Troopers are being brought in to beef up normal patrols as well as stock heavily traveled routes.

Once travelers get to Myrtle Beach International Airport, they can expect plenty of company, too.

"The markets continue to grow and the airlines continue to do well and they are adding more capacity into the market and that's because people continue buying airline tickets and filling up planes," said Kirk Lovell, spokesperson for the Horry County Department of Airports.

Airport officials said more customers are flying out this Thanksgiving compared to last. Leaders said the economy is shaping up and more people are taking to the air and feel confident in purchasing airline tickets.

MYR officials said people will start packing in on Wednesday to get off to their holiday destinations.               

Due to flight schedules, travelers can expect traffic to be somewhat heavy off and on. Still, passengers are still asked to arrive two hours before their flights.

One tip staff gave is if travelers are taking holiday gifts with them, they need to make sure they're packed in bags unwrapped.

Airport authorities say that, often times, TSA officials have to unwrap gifts to ensure they are safe to travel.

"Obviously you can't bring any liquids in a larger container than what's acceptable by TSA," Lovell said. "At TSA.gov you can find what is an acceptable volume. Pecan pie, biscuits, extra ribs - that should not be an issue but go to TSA.gov to get more information." 

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