Post-pandemic travel on the rise after busy Memorial Day weekend

As Memorial Day weekend winds down, plenty of people on the roads say this was just the start of their post-pandemic travel.

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- Now to the annual trek home after the long holiday weekend.

- New Jersey correspondent Trish Hartman talked to travelers on the journey back today. She's live now along the Atlantic City Expressway in Hammonton. How's traffic looking right now?

TRISH HARTMAN: Traffic is looking pretty good right now, Brian. But it was certainly busy along the Atlantic City Expressway today. Lots of people going down the shore for the day, plenty of people coming home, and plenty of people saying they're making the trips this year that they canceled last year. After a rainy weekend in Wildwood--

- It started storming. We're, like, running for the car.

TRISH HARTMAN: This family from Pittsburgh isn't done traveling yet.

- We're going to Hershey, and then yeah, and then we'll head home.

TRISH HARTMAN: But they say even with all the storms, this trip was just what they needed.

TERRI DREUCCI: You're stuck in your house constantly, and now you're like out and talking to people, and no masks, and it's awesome.

TRISH HARTMAN: For some, heading to the shore today with their pups--

- I think we stayed home last year.

TRISH HARTMAN: It's their first road trip in a while.

- Both vaccinated, so it feels free.

- It feels a little out of the ordinary, but it feels good.

TRISH HARTMAN: According to AAA, about 450,000 people from the Philadelphia area plan to travel this holiday weekend. And 94% of them said they plan to travel by car. But air travel is also up. On Friday, the TSA says it screened 1.9 million people at security checkpoints nationwide, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. At Philadelphia International Airport, we caught up with travelers coming home.

AJAH JONES: It was a good experience for them. This was their first time on a plane.

TRISH HARTMAN: Ajah Jones and her family just got back from Orlando, and said traveling felt surprisingly normal.

AJAH JONES: Before, I was a little scared to get on a plane and stuff, but I mean, we can't keep living in the shadows, so we got to get back to normal somewhere.

TRISH HARTMAN: Another factor, gas prices are up, too. About $1 compared to this time last year. But the folks we spoke with say that is not stopping them from making their summer plans this year. Reporting live along the Atlantic City Expressway, Trish Hartman, Channel 6 Action News.

- A lot of sunroofs open on that Atlantic City Expressway, Trish. Thank you. And we can thank the sun--