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Thanksgiving holiday travel went smoothly Wednesday, both at Logan International Airport and for Massachusetts drivers, though heavy traffic was reported on all major highways.
It was busy at Logan, but for the most part travelers ignored a call for a protest of security measures such as full-body scanners. The protests could have led to long lines and delays.
"We don’t travel enough to get all that radiation but I prefer they not touch my stuff," said Paulo Reichlin, of New Hampshire, who traveled to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving. He said he's seen security lines much worse than what he saw Wednesday.
"There’s no line," said Andrew Little, who traveled to Houston for Thanksgiving with Anna Gravis. "Just walked right in, five minutes through the baggage check and no line here."
"It’s amazing," Gravis said. "It's amazing."
Though there were some delays and cancellations early on for flights to and from Washington and New York City because of strong winds, Massport's Phil Orlandella reported no major issues.
On the roadways, heavier-than-normal volume continued into Wednesday evening, as backups were reported on all major highways. Certain incidents also slowed driving on Wednesday afternoon. A nearby brush fire closed one lane on Route 128 South in Wenham and a flipped tractor trailer closed the ramp between I-95 South and I-295 South in Attleboro.
About 12 percent of New Englanders are expected to travel this weekend, according to AAA Southern New England, with most of them driving.
“A lot of people are, I think, taking advantage of the fact that it’s more affordable to travel by car, and gasoline prices, while they are climbing somewhat, are still relatively stable and reasonable at this point,” AAA's Mary McGuire said.
McGuire says drivers should remember individual laws when crossing state lines.
"You may be driving in Massachusetts, where you can use your hand-held cell phone, and then pass into New York, where you can no longer use it," she said. "So it's great to be aware of the cell phone laws."
This program aired on November 24, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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