Memorial Day weekend travel spike signals return to normalcy

Memorial Day weekend travel spike signals return to normalcy

With the long Memorial Day weekend and increased vaccinations, Americans are taking the opportunity to return to more normal travel patterns.

The Transportation Safety Administration on Friday reported via Twitter that it had screened 1.96 million passengers, airport workers and aircrew.

“We’re creeping up to 2 million,” wrote TSA spokeswoman Alexa Lopez. It’s the most passengers screened since the start of the pandemic last year and a sign, officials say, that vaccination efforts are paying off in many ways and that Americans are putting the pandemic behind them.

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The line for TSA screening at Orlando International Airport on May 28, 2021.SOPA Images/Shutterstock People getting their luggage at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 28, 2021.Bridget Bennett/REUTERS

“We’re very excited about the reemergence of travel, the chance for Americans to reunite with family and friends whom they haven’t seen for some time,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on ABC “Good Morning America” Friday. “There’s going to be

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