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Travelers Overcome Tight Budgets, Weather Delays, Big Crowds

Posted at: 11/21/2012 1:24 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Budgets may be tight, but for a lot of Americans, Thanksgiving travel is what they want to pay for with their limited resources.

Eva Daly, waiting for her sister's train to arrive today in Philadelphia from Connecticut, said her family puts its spending priorities on holiday gatherings. She says, "For us, it's most important that we get together, so we cut back somewhere else if we need to."

One man waiting at the Philadelphia airport for his wife's flight from North Carolina says their son in Boston isn't able to join them this year because of travel costs -- but they hope to have the whole family together in North Carolina for Christmas.

Even those who can afford to travel may be having some trouble getting where they're going on this busy travel day. Dense fog in the Chicago area this morning forced dozens of flights to be canceled, and hundreds of others to be delayed.

Early morning travelers at Reagan National Airport outside Washington faced long lines to get through security. At one checkpoint, at least three dozen people waited in each of four lines. The waiting time, just to get to screening, was at least 15 to 20 minutes -- and that was at 5 a.m.

Grad student Courtney Tucker, traveling to see her family in Atlanta, said she plans to drive home for Christmas and avoid the "craziness" in the airports.

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