By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It appears that more people will be flying to their Thanksgiving destinations this year.

The Air Transport Association is expecting a 3.5-percent increase in passengers travelling during the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from November 19th through the 30th. 

“We’ll see about 24-million air travellers over the period.”

ATA spokesman Dave Castelvetter says there seems to be more consumer confidence this year:

“The economy is in a little better shape than it was, and by some accounts, is making progress.”

Industry analyst Bob Mann says the trend for Thanksgiving began taking shape late in the summer, a wise move for those who planned early:

“I think there was kind of a rush to book early for this Fall in anticipation that prices would be higher, and in fact, they are quite a bit higher this Fall. For those who are booking later, there really will be some substantially higher prices to pay.”

Keep in mind, the government is now forcing travelers to provide their full name as it appears on their ID, date of birth and gender.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060

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