The CDC is urging Americans not to travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, however, millions of people still will be. Kyle Potter executive editor at Minneapolis-based ThriftyTraveler.com says the airline industry is expecting passenger levels to be down by about 50 percent from a normal Thanksgiving weekend. But, he says for those who do choose to fly, most will be staying longer:
“People are extending whatever travel they are doing. So while people would book their trips to visit family for Thanksgiving you know depart on Wednesday come back on Sunday, the timing of people that are traveling has really shifted.”
If you are getting on a plane soon don’t expect that middle seat to be open anymore. Potter says just a handful of major airlines are still blocking that middle seat, with the biggest one being Delta. Southwest is blocking the middle seat until December 1st, while a few of the smaller airlines plan to stop the practice early next year. Potter says, with airlines cutting back on the number of flights, you should expect a full plane.