NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork)– When it comes to Thanksgiving travel plans, some say Friday is the new Wednesday.

As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports, a number of area travelers aren’t taking any chances this year. They’re leaving town today, rather than waiting until next Wednesday.

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Richard and Laurel Cohen of Stamford, Connecticut are heading to Miami for the holiday. They said they had no problem changing their flight from John F. Kennedy Airport to Newark Airport since normal holiday traffic woes were not a concern.

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“No traffic, the Van Wyck doesn’t exist,” Richard joked.

Carol from Teaneck, also hoping to avoid next week’s traffic concerns, was leaving for Wisconsin on Friday.

“I’m not travelling on Thanksgiving weekend anymore” she said. “It can ruin the holiday,” she added.

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Whether or not a week with her family will have the same effect, she couldn’t say.