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Thanksgiving Eve air travel below 2019 levels, with 2.3M screened: TSA
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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 TSA screened 2.6 million passengers on the same day in 2019 and 1.1 million passengers on the same day in 2020.
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.
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The TSA said earlier this month that it expects to handle an estimated 20 million travelers passing through U.S. airports during the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 28.
Although travel volume isn't expected to notch pre-pandemic levels, the agency says it will be "notably higher" than what has been seen in recent weeks due to improving vaccination rates and people regaining confidence in travel.