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Airport journey soars forward of Thanksgiving to pre-COVID ranges

Journey by air skyrocketed towards pre-COVID ranges forward of Thanksgiving — and even exceeded 2019′s numbers some days.

Greater than 2 million folks went by way of Transportation Safety Administration checkpoints at U.S. airports every day between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23, in response to information launched Thursday by the TSA.

Wednesday was the busiest day, when greater than 2.4 million vacationers checked in.

Monday recorded greater than 2.26 million passengers, exceeding the two.25 million who traveled on the identical day in 2019, the ultimate 12 months earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic. Sunday’s complete additionally barely edged that of the identical day three years in the past.

The pandemic vastly lowered the variety of vacationers in 2020, when daily throughout that very same stretch noticed fewer than 1.1 million folks go on U.S. flights. These numbers jumped again above 2 million final 12 months, however nonetheless fell wanting the same-day totals recorded in 2019 and this 12 months.

TSA warned this week that the variety of vacationers might match or surpass the pre-pandemic totals.

“With excessive journey volumes projected nationally and domestically main as much as and after Thanksgiving, the very best piece piece of recommendation I’ve for passengers is arrive on the airport early and arrive ready,” mentioned Greg Hawko, the TSA’s federal safety director for Washington.

“This vacation season isn’t any exception,” he mentioned. “TSA diligently displays our operations and makes wanted changes all through the day.”

Passengers touring with Thanksgiving leftovers are allowed to convey turkey and different meats, baked items, stuffing, greens and spices of their carry-on baggage for return flights, the TSA mentioned. Massive portions of cranberry sauce, jams, wine gravy, and canned fruit and veggies will must be checked.

“If it’s a strong merchandise, then it will possibly undergo a checkpoint,” the TSA mentioned. “Nonetheless, should you can spill it, unfold it, spray it, pump it or pour it, and it’s bigger than 3.4 ounces, then it ought to go in a checked bag.”

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