Thanksgiving: TSA registers the most passengers in a day since the start of the pandemic


TSA posted its first travel record for Thanksgiving holidays.

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The officials of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have been forecasting for weeks that an increase in the number of Travellers on vacation this year. And one of the dates that motivates you to travel on vacation is Thanksgiving Day.

On Friday, his predictions were proven correct: the TSA reported a record number of travelers in one day, since the coronavirus pandemic began in early 2020.

“@TSA officers screened 2,242,956 people at airport security checkpoints across the country yesterday, Friday, November 19,” the TSA spokeswoman tweeted, Lisa farbstein, Saturday morning. “It is the highest volume of checkpoints since passenger volume plummeted in early 2020 as a result of the pandemic. Thanksgiving travel period has begun! #MaskUp “

With Thanksgiving holidays just a few days away, the number of travelers is expected to continue to increase.

Last week, experts predicted that vacation travel could increase as much as 80% over last year, when COVID-19 kept many people at home.

In 2020, the TSA screened about 1 million commuters per day during the week surrounding Thanksgiving. However, the agency saw a record number of travelers the previous year. In fact, the TSA reported that their busiest travel day was December 1, 2019, with 2,870,764 people screened.

Earlier this month, the American Automobile Association (AAA) said that More than 53 million Americans were expected to travel over the holiday weekend, a sharp spike in Thanksgiving travel that nearly matches pre-coronavirus pandemic levels. Up to 90% of travelers are expected to drive, according to AAA.

Those planning to drive should hit the road before noon on Wednesday or Thursday morning, if they are not traveling too far, AAA said.


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