U.S. Airports Crowded As Holiday Travel Rebounds

The TSA expects 20 million travelers to be screened at U.S. airports this holiday weekend, and it may exceed pre-pandemic levels.

U.S. Airports Crowded As Holiday Travel Rebounds
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Millions of Americans are loading up their cars or piling onto planes, determined to reclaim Thanksgiving traditions that were put on pause last year by the pandemic. The number of air travelers this week is expected to approach or even exceed pre-pandemic levels.

Travelers wait in line to go through a security checkpoint screening at an airport.

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Millions of Americans will hit the road and fill the airports over the next week, but two powerful storms are likely to cause travel problems.


Auto club AAA predicts that 48.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday period, an increase of nearly 4 million over last year despite sharply higher gasoline prices. Many feel emboldened by the fact that nearly 200 million Americans are now fully vaccinated.

But it also means brushing aside concerns about a resurgent virus at a time when the U.S. is now averaging nearly 100,000 new infections a day.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.