Larger crowds get a head start on this year's Thanksgiving travel

50.9 million Americans are expected to travel

— -- It’s that time of the year again. Get ready, leave home a little earlier and be prepared to stand in heavy airport lines because 50.9 million Americans are expected to travel over this year’s Thanksgiving holiday according to the American Automobile Association.

If traveling by car, expect to pay a little more in gas prices due to cost surge in gas prices. Currently, the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $2.5, up from $2.13 a year ago as of today, according to AAA.

TSA predicts the Sunday after Thanksgiving to be the busiest day for travelers, followed by the Tuesday and Wednesday before. Sunday, is expected to be TSA’s top five busiest days ever, with more than 2.6 million people screened.

To see tips from TSA on how to make travel a little smoother - click here