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Thanksgiving air travel to rebound to 2019 levels, TSA says

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-17 14:23:48-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of airline passengers traveling for Thanksgiving this year is expected to rebound to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, but the Transportation Security Administration says it is ready to handle the surge.

Administrator David Pekoske said Wednesday he expects agency staffing to be sufficient for what’s traditionally TSA’s busiest travel period.

He said travelers should expect long lines at airports and plan to spend a little more time getting through security.

In 2019, a record 26 million passengers and crew passed through U.S. airport screening in the 11-day period around Thanksgiving.

But that plummeted in 2020 as the pandemic kept people at home.