Thanksgiving travelers set pandemic record with more than 2.3 million in the air, TSA says

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(Granthshala) – Thanksgiving travelers have set a new pandemic-era air travel record in the United States.

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The Transportation Security Administration says it screened 2.3 million people (2,311,978) at airports across the country on Wednesday, making it the busiest day at security checkpoints since March 2020.

The number traffic (2,624,250) is 88% on the equivalent Wednesday in 2019, before the pandemic. And that’s more than twice the number of people (1,070,967) TSA tested on this day last year.

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TSA has screened more than 2 lakh passengers for the seventh consecutive day on Wednesday.

Goal: Safe and secure

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People wait to evacuate through the TSA checkpoint at Miami International Airport in Florida on Nov. 24.

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TSA chief David Pekoske told Granthshala ahead of the holiday that the agency was prepared for a travel increase.

“We’ve looked at passenger volume projections, we worked with carriers and with airports, and collectively we’re ready for the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said. “Our goal is to make it as completely safe and as enjoyable for people as we can.”

AAA predicted that 53.4 million Americans would travel for vacation, including millions by air. Pekoske warned travelers to travel “just be patient”, especially because some people have traveled little or no at all since the pandemic began.

At the same time, the Justice Department says it will eventually detain thousands of passengers accused of violence and explosions on the plane. Attorney General Merrick Garland directed federal prosecutors to prioritize charges against unruly passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration has received more than 5,300 cases, launched more than 1,000 of its own investigations and issued $1.6 million in fines.

But some aviation groups are calling on prosecutors to step in because the Justice Department does not have authority to pursue criminal charges. The FAA said it has turned 37 more cases to the DOJ.

Covid safety tips for flying this holiday season

After the others have finished eating their meals on a long flight and try to return their masks.

Try to eat your meal on a long flight after others have finished and put your mask back on.

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With what is already proving to be a busy holiday season, you might be quite nervous about COVID-19. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe and reduce stress while flying:

Flight times and on less busy days

If you can travel to and from your destination on less busy tourist days, you and your family will encounter fewer people and be more successful at social distancing, said Linsey Marr, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. he said.

book window seat

Experts suggest booking window seats for children (or adults) that are not vaccinated, partly due to the air vents along the inside panels of most planes.

delay your meal

You can also protect yourself by eating when everyone else is masked, suggests Marr.

“When they come around and serve drinks and snacks, I’ll take it but I don’t eat them right away because everyone else’s masks come off at that point,” she said.

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