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Thanksgiving Travel Advisory

Arrive early to LAX on Wednesday as a planned union protest is expected to slow travelers down.

Plane, train or automobile: How will you travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend?

Around 39.1 million people, or, 90 percent of Thanksgiving travelers, plan to journey by car, according to AAA. That's the bad news for those on the road. The good news is the national average price for gas has declined by nearly 40 cents a gallon since early October , says AAA.

Arcadia residents should fill up at the Arco station at Foothill Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue or at Las Tunas Drive and Baldwin Avenue; Gas is selling at those stations for $3.65 a gallon, the cheapest in the city, according to GasBuddy.

For those heading to LAX, plan ahead. A union protest has officials advising Wednesday's travelers to show up 90 minutes earlier than the airlines' recommended arrival time of 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight.

Members of the Service Employees International Union are planning to march on Century Boulevard for about three hours to protest what the union calls unfair labor practices by an airport contractor, Aviation Safeguards.

According to the union, about 400 airport workers were left without a contract earlier this year when Aviation Safeguards, a division of Command Security Corp. of Parsippany, N.J., terminated union contracts and withdrew all health insurance.

Airport officials said the planned march will result in phased closures of westbound Century Boulevard between Airport and Sepulveda boulevards, and northbound Sepulveda between Imperial Highway and 98th Street.

All entrances to the airport's Central Terminal Area are expected to remain open, but motorists on westbound Century Boulevard could be diverted to northbound Airport Boulevard, then west on 98th Street, north on Vicksburg Avenue over the 96th Street Bridge and into the terminal area.

Motorists should avoid the intersection of Century and Airport boulevards.

SEIU represents janitors, wheelchair attendants, skycaps, security guards and other service workers at LAX.

 

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