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Millions of Americans are packing the roads and airports for Thanksgiving escape.

Aerial footage shows bumper-to-bumper traffic in Los Angeles, as travelers escape the city for Thanksgiving on November 23. Airports are also packed.

Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest times of the year to travel and this year may be the worst Americans have seen in more than a decade.

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According to data from the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 51 million people will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend – the highest travel volume since 2005, and a 3.3% increase from last year. Those traveling this year represent 15% of the US population.

Estimates suggest that 89% of travelers will journey by car. AAA found car rentals average around $70 per day, which is 34% higher than last year.

Those flying to their destination, however, may have booked a cheaper Thanksgiving trip than usual. According to AAA, the average cost for round-trip flights was the lowest in five years.

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Images of a massive traffic jam, captured during the great Thanksgiving getaway in southern California have gone viral.

A news helicopter captured the miles-long gridlock on the I-405 in the Los Angeles area on November 22.

Image source ABC News

Image source ABC News

Almost 49 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving Day.

That’s a million more than 2015, and the most since 2007, according to the American Automobile Association.

Some social media users said it looked like the I-405 – which is no stranger to congestion – had been decorated with Christmas lights.

Another called the gridlock “the Most Epic Mannequin Challenge EVER!”