WASHINGTON, D.C. - While many expected long lines and frustrated passengers at D.C. area airports on Wednesday, this year's day-before-Thanksgiving travel rush appears to have been more like smooth sailing.
At Reagan National Airport, the closest thing to a line was for security. For many frequent fliers, it wasn't so bad. So what's behind the apparent good luck? Travel experts say air travel is down 5 percent this year over last, and that could have something to do with the economy.
Also, folks are getting smarter about when they travel, and they're not all waiting until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to leave. Flights seemed to be on time with few delays, in part because of the good weather in the northeast corridor. But there are also fewer flights, leading to less congestion.
Many arriving passengers told FOX 2 it was smooth sailing cross country, and D.C. travelers were happy to report fewer hassles on their way out.
For those who hit the highway instead, most were already gone by Wednesday. According to AAA, most people did indeed travel by car.
Virginia State Police say if you're on the roads, they'll be doing tough enforcement on seat belts, speeding, and drunk driving laws to make your Thanksgiving travels safe.
Virginia State Police are also enforcing a 2-year-old law that's new to a lot of people-- the move over law. When you see an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road, you're supposed to slow down, proceed with caution and move over to an adjacent lane.
Failure to move over could land you a maximum penalty of $2,500 and a jail sentence of up to 12 months.
Things may not be as smooth on the return, as many people are expected to travel on Sunday and Monday when they head home from the holidays