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Nearly 47 million Americans set to travel for Turkey Day

Passengers line up to pass through security before boarding flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Area airports are set to see more travelers than last year, according to the Port Authority.Mark Lennihan/AP

Passengers line up to pass through security before boarding flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Area airports are set to see more travelers than last year, according to the Port Authority.

Whether by plane, train or automobile, more Americans are set to travel over Thanksgiving this year — despite a heightened concern around terrorism.

They should leave early.

Nearly 47 million people in the U.S. are expected to journey 50 miles or more during the holiday week starting Wednesday, according to an American Automobile Association forecast. That would make 2015 the seventh straight year with an increase in the number of travelers taking to the skies and road.

Travelers will be making their holiday treks under an ominous new warning from the U.S. State Department.

RELATED: WORLDWIDE TRAVEL ALERT ISSUED FOR AMERICANS

Travelers will be making their holiday treks under an ominous new global travel warning from the State Department about terrorist groups — including ISIS, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram — plotting to hit public places and transportation systems.

Mayor de Blasio urged New Yorkers to trust that the NYPD is keeping holiday travelers safe and to reject the “psychological warfare” of terrorists.

A global travel alert on Monday warnedthat terrorist groups like ISIS continue to plot deadly attacks in public places, and urged citizens to be cautious and mindful.New York Daily News

A global travel alert on Monday warnedthat terrorist groups like ISIS continue to plot deadly attacks in public places, and urged citizens to be cautious and mindful.

In the New York region, airports are set to be packed with more fliers this year — the Port Authority said that 1.4 million people in total are scheduled to use area airports. That is a more than 50,000 boost over last Turkey Day, according to the Port Authority.

John F. Kennedy International Airport, is set to see the most air travelers in the area, with 674,700 people scheduled to fly in or out, a 4.1% increase over 2014, the Port Authority said.

LaGuardia Airport, meanwhile, is scheduled to see an extra 10,588 people, boosting the number of travelers to 331,700. Newark will see 455,200 passengers, a 3.1% increase over last year, the Port Authority said.

On the road, the agency predicts that about 3.3 million cars will use bridges and tunnels to head out of New York.

drivoli@nydailynews.com

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