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Holiday Travel Packs Airports, Roads

Airports and highways are jammed as Californians head out of town for the holidays.

Americans are expected to travel in record numbers through the holiday season, and the Automobile Club of Southern California predicts that nearly 5.5 million people from the region will be on the move. A projected 80 percent of the trips will be by car.

Los Angeles International Airport estimated that 2.8 million passengers would pass through the airport between December 17th and January second, about seven percent more than last year but still below the record-breaking three million in 2000.

Strong Santa Ana winds could make the going rough in Southern California. Forecasters warn of gusts up to 70 miles per hour in some areas.