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Thanksgiving travel, airport food, Megabus destinations

Passengers wait in line to board the low-cost Megabus in Washington.
Passengers wait in line to board the low-cost Megabus in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst For The Washington Post)

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Friday, November 19, 2010; 9:39 AM

Thanksgiving travel trips

More than 42 million people will be traveling this Thanksgiving, an 11.4 percent increase from last year, AAA estimates. If you're one of them, and you're planning to fly home from the District, expect some changes at Ronald Reagan National and W ashington Dulles International airports - for better or for worse.

Let's start with the good news.

Searching for a parking space won't be as difficult at National. Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority a dded more than 1,400 parking spaces to the airport's parking garages, bringing the total number of spaces to almost almost 9,000.

Another addition to National: JetBlue Airways, which began service in Terminal A earlier this month. (Other gate changes: Northwest Airlines merged with Delta and moved from Terminal A to Delta's location in Terminal B. And Frontier and Air Canada both moved to Terminal A).

Dulles said goodbye to most of those rickety mobile lounge shuttles. In their place, the AeroTrain underground airport system began running in January, providing service between the Main Terminal and the A, B and C gates. (Sorry, Gate D passengers. You'll still have to put up with the shuttles.)

Also at Dulles, indoor pet relief areas opened at two post-security locations near Gate A31 and across from Gate D1.

Now for the bad news: At both airports - and at airports across the country - some passengers may be selected for an e nhanced physical pat-down. Both Dulles and National also now have body scans.

And the Transportation Security Administration recently started enforcing Secure Flight, which requires airlines to get a passenger's full name as it appears on a government-issued ID, date of birth and gender.

The Airports Authority has some advice for holiday travelers:

Call your airline or visit its Web site to confirm your flight.

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