The number of people traveling on Thanksgiving Day hits a record since the pandemic in the United States
The increased passenger traffic on Thanksgiving Day was another record for air travel in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. More details about the statistics told the publication KSL.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it checked 24 million people (2,3) at airports across the country on November 2, making it the busiest day at checkpoints since March 311.
This number represents 88% of traffic (2,6 million) in the 2019 equivalent Wednesday, before the pandemic. And that's more than double the number of people (1) who passed the TSA audit on that day in 070.
November 24 was the seventh day in a row that TSA checked over 2 million passengers.
Safe and secure
TSA chief David Pekoske said ahead of Thanksgiving that the agency is ready for a surge in travel.
“We have studied the forecasts of passenger traffic, we have worked with carriers and airports, and now everyone is ready for the holiday together,” he said. “Our goal is to make it as reliable and safe as possible for people.”
Pekoske warned potential passengers to “just be patient” while traveling, especially as some people at airports across the country traveled infrequently or did not fly at all.
The Justice Department says it will take action against thousands of passengers accused of violence and chaos on planes. Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed the Federal Attorney's Office to prioritize allegations against unruly passengers.
The Federal Aviation Administration received more than 5300 cases, initiated over 1000 investigations, and fined offenders $ 1,6 million.
But some aviation groups are urging prosecutors to intervene because the Justice Department does not have the authority to open criminal cases.
Safety tips for flying this holiday season
With holiday flying season now underway, you can understandably be nervous about COVID-19. Here are some tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe and reduce stress while flying.
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Fly outside of office hours and on less busy days
“If you find a way to get to and from your destination on less busy days, you will be able to cross with fewer people. “Therefore, you can do better at social distancing,” said Lincy Marr, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Institute of Technology.
Book your window seats
Experts suggest booking window seats for unvaccinated children (or adults), in part due to vents on the interior panels of most aircraft.
Set aside food
“You can protect yourself by waiting for everyone to eat,” Marr suggested. "When drinks and snacks are served, I take them, but I don't eat them right away, because the rest of the passengers take off their masks."
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