a line of people in a building
Photograph ©2023 by Brian Cohen.

Travel Safely Thanksgiving 2023. Be Careful Out There.

Today is known as Blackout Wednesday or Drinksgiving.

This is a simple reminder to travel safely for Thanksgiving 2023, as today, Wednesday, November 22, 2023 will be the busiest day of travel of the year. Be careful out there, as some potential hazards may await you during your travels.

Travel Safely Thanksgiving 2023. Be Careful Out There.

The following message was posted at the official Twitter — er…X — account of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States:

Today is the busiest day for air travel this Thanksgiving week! If you’re on one of the more than 49,000 expected flights, check with your airline for flight status before you leave home. Get other tips to prepare for your trip at faa.gov/holiday-travel. #Thanksgiving2023

Additionally, much of the east coast of the United States is under low clouds and experiencing rain today. Some parts of the country may experience icy conditions. Ground stops are possible this afternoon at the airports which serve Newark and West Palm Beach. To keep yourself updated with information of the latest operations at airports, you can visit the official National Airspace System Status web site.

Another hazard to consider is that today is what is known annually as Blackout Wednesday or Drinksgiving. Tonight will purportedly be one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, as many people are off early from work today and students are home from college. This may mean that more inebriated drivers could be operating motor vehicles on the road today and tonight. Remain alert and careful when driving.

Final Boarding Call

Airplanes lined up on runway
Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

I do not remember the last time I traveled on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I am thankful that I am not traveling today. I do not particularly enjoy experiencing crowds.

If you are traveling today, please try to do so safely. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Whenever someone tells my brother to travel safely, he replies, “Nah. I’ll travel haphazardly.”

All photographs ©2008 and ©2023 by Brian Cohen.

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