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Memorial Day is just the beginning: Analysts predict a summer travel boom


“Americans are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and expensive gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel.


Airlines for America (A4A), an industry trade group, said it expects more than 257 million people to fly between June 1 and the end of August — up 3.4 percent from the same period last year.


The projections are welcome news for an industry grappling with rising fuel prices and fallout from the worldwide grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max jets following two deadly crashes in less than five months.


Further fueling concerns about security and wait times at airports is the Trump administration’s plan to also deploy TSA personnel to the border.


“We are deeply concerned that pulling hundreds of TSA employees away from their critical missions at our nation’s airports and sending them to the southern border will weaken aviation security and significantly increase the risks faced by the American people,” Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.


“Area drivers will be stuck in traffic three times the normal delay during the afternoon rush hour for the duration of the two-hour period from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday, May 27,” said John B. Townsend II, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic.






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