LOS ANGELES, Ca. — The holiday is a busy time for travelers. Millions of Americans are packing their bags for the long Fourth of July weekend.
Danielle Nottingham has details from LAX.
Triple A says low gas prices are a driving force behind the 36 million people hitting the road this fourth of July weekend.
According to Gasbuddy.com drivers are paying 50 cents less at the pump compared to last year.
“It was a nice surprise to see that when we filled up right here to see it was only 40 dollars as opposed to what would’ve been 65 or 70,” says Ben Civiletti.
Air travelers are also winning.
Travel experts say ticket prices dropped 15% this year leading to an increase in travel.
AAA predicts more than 3 million people will travel by air and here at LAX, one of the nations busiest airports, their expecting 1.2 million of those passengers.
K9 patrols are wearing go-pro cameras to show how suspicious activity is monitored as crowds pass through the airport.
“Our strategy is here at lax is to make sure we’re out and about and we’re at the curb level and we’re meeting people as they come into the airport,” says Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon.
Security will also be ramped up at events around the nation including the 40th annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show in New York City.
“You’ll see a very impressive presence of members with our CRC, many of whom will be very well armed. It sounds a powerful message to anyone who might try to disrupt that we are ready to prevent that,” says Mayor de Blasio.
The FBI says there are no credible threats against the United States this holiday weekend but it’s urging police and the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.