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Travel for Memorial Day weekend declining

NEW YORK (CNN) - It's seen as the official start of summer, but it appears most people will be spending Memorial Day close to home.

Triple A expects the volume of travel this holiday weekend to drop by almost a percent from last year. Triple A anticipates only 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their home and expect holiday air travel to drop by eight percent to 2 million passengers.

The blame for the decline is the uncertain economy as well as the end of the payroll tax holiday.

Driving may not be any cheaper for some travelers, even though gas prices are down from last year, prices have been on the rise this spring. The national average for a gallon of regular had gone up 17 days in a row since Wednesday.

Experts also say travelers are starting to feel "fee fatigue" at the airport from paying extra for additional services that once were included in the price of an airline ticket.

Airlines took in more than $6 billion last year in baggage fees, reservation change fees and other add-ons.

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