AAA says airports are the busiest in nearly two decades due to Memorial Day travel

CBS News Baltimore


BALTIMORE — Memorial Day weekend is in full swing for many, with traffic jams on highways and airport access roads.

Nationwide, TSA screened nearly 2.9 million passengers on Thursday, nearly matching last year’s record on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Due to the high travel volume, you must plan extra time for your trip.

Ragina Cooper of AAA Mid-Atlantic said airports are the busiest in 19 years.

AAA predicts that nearly 44 million people will travel 50 miles or more across the U.S. this holiday weekend, including nearly a million Marylanders. These projections would exceed pre-pandemic figures.

For those on the road, gasoline prices in Maryland increased 18 cents per gallon last year.

Additional Transportation Authority officers will be deployed to the Bay Bridge, where police are urging drivers to remain alert.

Impact of the Key Bridge collapse

The collapse of the Key Bridge will push more motorists to the tunnels and the north side of the Beltway. Meanwhile, volume will return to the cruise terminal as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises return to port.

This comes days after the Dali was lifted and removed from the wreck of Key Bridge.