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It's Thanksgiving getaway day! For you and millions of others

Protesters throw wrench into pre-Thanksgiving traffic near downtown

Wednesday is getaway day.

Are you one of the 1.97 million people who will make Los Angeles International Airport part of their Thanksgiving weekend? For the second consecutive year, LAX will be the busiest airport in the country over the extended holiday weekend, according to travel website Orbitz.

That total is 150,000 more than for Thanksgiving 2013, according to Los Angeles World Airports. On Sunday and Monday, when people are trying to get back home via LAX, they will be among 207,000 passengers shouldering their way through the airport, LAX officials say.

Travelers taking to L.A.’s roads won't have it much easier, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The company predicts that up to 85% of Southern California’s Thanksgiving travelers – that’s 3 million people – will get behind the wheel instead of the airline tray table.

More than 4.8 million people statewide are expected to drive to holiday destinations.

Some on the Hollywood Freeway on Wednesday morning had a rough start to the holiday weekend. About 10 protesters blocked and briefly occupied the southbound 101 at Alvarado Street at about 9 a.m., spurring the California Highway Patrol to shut the freeway for about 30 minutes in both directions.

The protesters were eventually arrested and the freeway reopened. Wednesday and Sunday are the two busiest car-travel days around Thanksgiving, according to AAA

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