During Thanksgiving feast, some Americans hold the politics
CHICAGO - As Americans gather for Thanksgiving turkey, football and togetherness, many are planning to avoid talk of the rancorous election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Elizabeth Thompson of Chicago says her mother has specifically banned politics when the family gets together in south-central Indiana because her grandmother is "sick of hearing about it."
Sharyn Ioffe and her brother Saul Ioffe say there's a good chance politics will intervene this Thanksgiving when they arrive home in New York from Chicago. But she says her strategy will be to change the subject.
AAA says almost 49 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday, the most since 2007, because of lower gas prices and an improving economy.
Here are some of the numbers:
- 48.7 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home between Wednesday and Sunday. That is an increase of 1 million over last year, and the most since 2007, AAA spokeswoman Julie Hall said.
- More than 89 percent of holiday travelers will drive. As of Wednesday, the average price nationally for a gallon of gas was $2.13. That's the second-lowest price since 2008, when the average was $1.85.
- Almost 3.7 million people were expected to fly over the holiday, an increase of 1.6 percent from 2015.
- Amtrak expects more than 750,000 passengers will travel by train over the holiday, surpassing last year. Sunday is the busiest day as people return home in time for work and school, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.