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Politics Thanksgiving air traffic tops 2.3M, highest since 'low point' of pandemic

00:50  26 november  2021
00:50  26 november  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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The Transportation Security Administration says air -travel hit a post-COVID record as over 2 . 3 million Thanksgiving travelers took to the skies on Wednesday - the largest figure since March 2020. According to the TSA, the agency screened exactly 2,311,978 people at airports across the country That figure accounts for 88 percent of the air traffic , or 2,624,250, the same time last year back in 2019, a year before the coronavirus pandemic . This year's air travel is more than double the number of people TSA screened compared to the day before Thanksgiving in November of last year, which

The Transportation Security Commission screened a total of 2 . 3 million passengers on Wednesday as some travelers began heading out to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones. The figure represents 88% versus pre- pandemic levels for volume screened for the same day in 2019. The latest figures bring the total number of passengers screened since Monday to over 6.6 million, compared to just over 2.9 million in 2020 and over 7.3 million in 2019 during the same three-day period.

A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration reported on Thursday that Thanksgiving air traffic had topped 2.3 million people the day prior, the highest since the "low point" of the pandemic.

a large airplane flying high up in the air on a cloudy day: Thanksgiving air traffic tops 2.3M, highest since 'low point' of pandemic © Getty Thanksgiving air traffic tops 2.3M, highest since 'low point' of pandemic

"@TSA officers screened 2,311,978 people nationwide yesterday, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, making it the highest checkpoint volume since the low point of the pandemic, which was on April 13, 2020, when only 87,534 people were screened nationwide. #MaskUp," Lisa Farbstein, spokeswoman for the TSA, tweeted.

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CHICAGO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Airports and commercial airlines across the United States registered one of their busiest days since before the pandemic on Wednesday as millions of Americans traveled to visit loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving -eve usually tends to be the busiest day Thanksgiving marks the beginning of what was shaping up as the busiest holiday season in two years. Rising COVID-19 vaccination rates have made people more confident about travel, leading to a surge in bookings. U.S. consumers also enter the holiday season flush with spending power, thanks to a

As a result, US air travel rose to the highest level since the onset of the pandemic , as nearly 1.2 million people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Sunday – the most since March 16. However, despite what seems like a positive rebound for the airline industry, passenger traffic is still approximately 60% below the 2.9 million travelers that were screened by the TSA only a year prior. Due to the sudden increase in demand for air travel, many airlines including United and American provided some of their employees with additional pay, while other airlines such

Americans this week ramped up their holiday travel ahead of Thanksgiving, fueled in most part by the wide availability of the COVID-19 vaccines.

A year ago, some Americans were tepid to board flights and trains to see loved ones as the U.S. grappled with a surge COVID-19 cases, and vaccines were not yet available for the generic public, let alone health officials.

But with three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use for Americans, including one for those aged as young as 5 years old who were given the green light by health agencies earlier this month, there has been an uptick in travelers.

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The US expects to screen 20 million air travellers during the Thanksgiving period.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects to screen about 20 million air passengers during the Thanksgiving travel period, the most since 2019 when nearly 26 million Americans were on the move at that time. On Tuesday, the TSA screened about 2.21 million U.S. air passengers, the "It was a little tricky finding parking, but it doesn't seem too crazy busy just yet." Travel group AAA estimates 53.4 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020, with air travel recovering to about 91% of pre- pandemic levels. The biggest concern this holiday season is high fuel

The U.S., however, has started to see an increase in COVID-19 cases again after the country had only recently seen a decline of infections in October.

On Tuesday, the U.S. saw over 100,000 COVID-19 cases and over 159,000 the day prior, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A month prior on Oct. 23, the U.S. saw over 29,000 cases.

Roughly 70 percent of the U.S. population is at least partially vaccinated while 59 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated. About 19 percent of Americans have also received their booster shot, though that number is expected to increase given the CDC's recommendation to expand eligibility of booster shots to all American adults.

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