Nightly News | November 21, 2012
>>> now to a thanksgiving tradition that millions are part of tonight. the holiday getaway, and if you're among the crowds who took a train, plane or automobile's or if you're waiting for somebody on their way right now, you may know that this year has been slow going for a lot of people, ron mott has more.
>> reporter: hey, there, kate, good evening, pretty smooth sailing at this point. of course, tomorrow millions will gather around the thanksgiving table telling stories. and there are sure to be more than a few tales of woe as people recall just how tough it is to get there. in parts of america, getting a holiday move-on meant a lot of hurry up and wait .
>> you arrive, and it is overwhelming.
>> it is crazy, but we want to go home.
>> reporter: folks in the midwest woke up to whiteouts, no snow, just dense fog.
>> it was so thick, just crazy.
>> reporter: grounding or delaying at least 500 flights today in chicago alone. in fact, much of the upper midwest saw limited visibility, and in the pacific northwest , nasty weather over the past 48 hours , with strong winds.
>> it looks like the storms in the midwest will calm down, so for thanksgiving day just a few showers in the middle of the country.
>> reporter: weather, though, was not the only problem for travel slowdowns, at l.a.x., hundreds of airport workers staged a protest over health care benefits, hurting traffic in and out of the terminals. and outside boston, traffic came to a halt on the massachusetts turnpike . a backup of head lights and tail lights, 40 miles long putting the brakes on early-goers. how busy are the highways? triple a says more than 40 million people will go out on the holidays, 90% hitting the road. nearly half of them today. air travel is down slightly, gas prices and hotel rates are about the same as last year. but the cost of rental cars has spiked 27%. that is, of course, if you can find one. in the northeast, hurricane sandy wiped out a lot of inventory, forcing many people like this man to change their rental car plans quickly.
>> i never thought i would leave la guardia to pick up a u-haul, who wants to show up to a family thanksgiving in a moving truck?
>> reporter: well, as long as it is moving like the traffic tonight that is a good thing. now the rental company and the sour economy have caused a lot of people to get on the bus. some 600,000 people are expected to get on the bus, it is a trend we expect to see now until the end of the year.
>> ron mott, safe travel.