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Holiday Travelers Facing Return Trip Traffic

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Today is another big holiday travel day, as hundreds of thousands of travelers from the region head back home. AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates more than a million people from the area took to the skies, rails and highways this Thanksgiving weekend.

As those people return to the D.C. region, officials say to expect congestion on the roads but not necessarily at airports. There were initially fears that protests over new airport screening devices would bottle neck security check points, but at National Airport, passengers report smooth sailing. Shawnee Allen of Gaithersburg, Maryland says she doesn't mind the new body scanners.

"I'm actually in favor of it. If it's going to help our national safety, then I'm fine with it. It's the price you pay to travel these days," Allen said shortly after landing.

AAA estimates a more than ten percent increase in holiday travel this year, with the majority of the region's travelers hitting the highways.

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