Hopkins Airport jam-packed as travelers make their way to Thanksgiving destinations

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-- A combination of factors is fueling an extremely busy and unpredictable holiday travel week across the United States and here in Cleveland.

Tuesday night, both the Ohio Turnpike and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport were extremely congested and jam-packed with travelers.

Outside of the airport, people experienced lengthy delays with bumper-to-bumper traffic from Inner Rd to S.R. 237.

“Traffic from Beachwood took two hours, where it usually takes a half hour,” said Ardeen Dubow.

Construction at the airport contributed to the problem and travelers were advised to arrive early and plan accordingly.

Inside the airport, staffing and security were also beefed up after the U.S. State Department warned of an increased risk of terrorist attacks following the massacre in Paris.

“Busy day today, you know?” said Kevin Gunnels, who works at the airport, “But I love my job.”

Despite the alert, most people told Fox 8 they felt safe flying domestically.

Three hundred thousand more Americans are traveling this holiday week than last year.

According to motor club AAA, nearly 50 million people will travel at least an hour or more by plane, train, bus or motor vehicle.

They said an improving economy and cheap gasoline prices are helping out, with gas prices well below two bucks in the Buckeye State.

“This is pretty wild out here,” said Dave Peters, at a rest stop on the turnpike and heading to his mother's for the holiday, “Best holiday in the world.”

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