Nov. 20 - AAA projected slightly less Americans will travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, saying an estimated 43.4 million Americans will travel by road, rail or sky this year, down 1.5 percent from last year. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: At a news conference at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall Doney said slightly less Americans are projected to travel this Thanksgiving holiday than last year. AAA projects 43.5 million Americans will take to the roads, railways and airways between Wednesday, November 27 and Sunday, December 1. This is a decrease of 1.5 percent from last year. "Consumers remain nervous about the economy and the sluggish uneven pace of improvement, several key economical factors, such as the housing market and unemployment have shown some progress but not enough to prevent to a decline in travel volume," Doney said. "The government shutdown also had an impact on all Americans, undermining consumer confidence, especially as it relates to the future," he added. AAA did offer some good news for holiday travelers. Drivers are expected to pay the less expensive gas for the holiday since 2010, with stations at "vast majority of states" selling gas for less than $3.00 per gallon.