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Travelers Beware: LAX Will Be Busiest Airport in America This Thanksgiving

Traffic outside of LAX (AP Photo/Ric Francis, file)
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It's that time of year again! Time to haul yourself and your family to Los Angeles International Airport and take to the skies to go visit relatives around the country for the big Thanksgiving holiday. Big holidays often equal big headaches for travelers, and it's looking like LAX is going to be the busiest airport in the nation this year.

Online seller Orbitz has ranked LAX as a top departure and arrival point for Thanksgiving. "The website determines the annual ranking by calculating ticket sales for the nation's top 50 airports for the weekend, which this year is Nov. 23 to 27," explains the Daily Breeze. Um, yay?

With ticket sales still happening, it looks like LAX will come in ahead of Chicago's O'Hare and Orlando International Airport.

As the L.A. Times points out, travelers will deal with less chaos at other regional airports, like Orange County's John Wayne, which ranked on Orbitz as one of the least busy, and Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, and Ontario's Airport, both of which did not make Orbitz's list at all.

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The economy has affected how Southern Californians travel during the holidays, but that doesn't mean we are not going places. According to AAA, this year at least half of Southern Californians are planning holiday travel, but those travelers are spending less on their trips.

Are you hitting the road or the skies for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday?