Thanksgiving air travel did not reach record highs in 2019, but it was close. Approximately 2.3 million people passed the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint on Wednesday, with more travelers than any other day during the pandemic.
This number was more than double the number of travelers on Wednesday before Thanksgiving last year.This year’s total was about 88% of Travelers who flew on the same Wednesday of 2019.
Social media was crowded with about the same complaints about the longest airport routes people had experienced over the years, surprised by the very short routes, and reinforced the idea that the pandemic would continue to be unpredictable.
Among the travelers who shared the excitement of being able to visit their families at this Thanksgiving was Katie Thurston of San Diego, known for his bachelor’s degree in Season 17 of the reality show.
After landing in Seattle to visit her mother and sister and tweeting about her tears’ reaction to seeing her baby’s niece for the first time, she said in a telephone interview, “Returning to what you feel is very emotional. I will. “
Hundreds of airport food service workers picketed Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport over a health care controversy. However, contrary to some passenger fears and a warning from the Southwest Airlines Pilot Union in August, there were no flight attendants or pilot strikes on Wednesday.
In fear of passengers becoming aggressive to flight attendants and choosing to fight for masks-overall pandemic issues-Attorney General Merrick B. Garland charges federal prosecutors for assaults and other crimes Asked to give priority.
According to a TSA spokesman, the busiest days of air travel during Thanksgiving are usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays before the holidays, and Sundays after.
United Airlines said it expects Sunday after Thanksgiving to be the busiest day since the pandemic began. Still, given how unusual the weekend was two years ago, it seemed unlikely that the day as a whole would exceed the number of pre-pandemic trips. According to TSA checkpoint data, on Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2019, more people were flying than ever in the institution’s 20-year history.
Also, travelers are unlikely to face delays in the weather when trying to get home.
“Sunday is pretty quiet in most parts of the country,” said Lara Pagano, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.
Still, Becky Esquivel, a TSA officer at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, urged people to arrive at least two hours before boarding their return flight for safety.