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Airlines see improvement in accuracy of arrival and departure times

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Travelers make their way to the gates at the American Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on November 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Orbitz named LAX as the nation's busiest airport for 2011 Thanksgiving travel. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

At some time today, many people are likely heading to the airport, hoping against hope that their flights won't be delayed. You might want to get out of the door and into your car, or your taxi or airport shuttle a little earlier.

Although it might not seem this way, so far this year, 83 percent of all flights took off within 15 minutes of schedule. That's the highest level since 2003, according to the Department of Transportation. 

It varies widely from airline to airline, but overall, the industry has been focusing on improving departure and arrival times. It's a process which involves many complex calculations and not so complex practical considerations.

Ray Neidl, senior airlines analyst with Maxim Group, joins the show to explain what's involved in making at least the travel part of your Thanksgiving a little less stressful

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