Thanksgiving Travelers Set TSA Pandemic Record

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  • Travelers have set a new pandemic-era air travel record in holiday season.
  • The Transportation Security Administration says it has screened 2.3 million people.
  • Thanksgiving is one of the most important festivals celebrated across the US.

Unite States: Thanksgiving travellers in the United States have set a new pandemic-era air travel record. Wednesday was the busiest day at security checkpoints since March 2020, according to the Transportation Security Administration, which examined 2.3 million individuals (2,311,978) at airports around the country. The figure is 88% more than the previous Wednesday’s traffic (2,624,250) before the outbreak. And it’s more than double the amount of travellers TSA inspected on this day last year (1,070,967). The TSA has screened more than 2 million passengers for the seventh day in a row on Wednesday.

 TSA chief David Pekoske told ahead of the holiday that the agency was prepared for the travel surge. “We’ve looked at passenger volume projections, we’ve worked with the carriers and with the airports, and collectively we’re ready for the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said. “Our goal is to make it as safe and secure and as enjoyable for people as we possibly can,” AAA predicted 53.4 million Americans would travel for the holiday, including millions by air. The Federal Aviation Administration has received more than 5,300 cases, launched more than 1,000 of its own investigations and issued $1.6 million in fines. The FAA said it has turned over 37 cases to the DOJ. Experts suggest booking window seats for children (or adults) who are not vaccinated, partly due to the air vents along with the inside panels of most planes.

One of the most important festivals celebrated across the world, Thanksgiving is a major day of celebration for people living in the United States, Canada, Grenade, Saint Lucia and Liberia. It’s a day to celebrate the harvest and express gratitude to family and friends for the things that have happened over the past year. This day is marked as a national holiday in the US and Canada and families gather together and enjoy elaborate meals.

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