Thanksgiving air travel hits near pre-pandemic level: TSA

Thanksgiving air travel hits near pre-pandemic level: TSA


Thanksgiving travelers flocked to the air this week ahead of the holiday — with the number of air travelers screened by the Transportation Security Administration nearly matching that of 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. 

The TSA said in a tweet Thursday that it screened roughly 2.3 million travelers at US airports on Wednesday, which is about 88 percent of the traffic recorded on the day before Thanksgiving in 2019. 

The airports were similarly packed on Tuesday, with more than 2.2 million passengers taking to the skies, the agency said in another tweet. That figure is equal to about 91 percent of the traffic recorded on the corresponding day in 2019. 

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Travelers make their way through security at Denver International Airport on Nov. 24, 2021.

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