Posted on Tue, Nov. 22, 2011
last updated: November 22, 2011 02:17:03 PM
Thanksgiving myth: The November holiday is consistently the worst time of the year for travel. Thanksgiving truth: Its reputation is worse than the reality.
A closer look at the facts show that while traveling during the next five days isnt a garden stroll, other times of year are much worse.
n Consider the widely held belief that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Sunday after is the heaviest air travel day of the year.
It just isnt so, at least at Sea-Tac Airport, says Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper.
The busiest day of the coming holiday period is expected to be Sunday when the airport expects 89,250 passengers to use the airports ticket counters and gates. Thats nearly 11,000 passenger shy of just an average summer day at the airport. On the busiest summer days at Sea-Tac when business, cruise and vacation travel hit simultaneous peaks, traffic is nearly 22,000 passengers greater than the Sunday after Thanksgiving and nearly 23,000 more than the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
And Thanksgiving travel this year at Sea-Tac isnt increasing over 2010. Airlines expect total passenger numbers to be flat this year compared with a year ago.
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