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Flying this Thanksgiving? Expect record crowds at US airports

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 3:25 PM
In this November 21, 2018, file photo taken with a long exposure, traffic streaks across the John F. Kennedy Expressway at the start of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Record throngs of travellers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers and airline crew members between November 22 and December 2.

That would be a 4% increase over last year.

The busiest days figure to be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day — about 2.7 million people — and the Sunday after the holiday, when TSA expects to screen more than 2.8 million people.

The lightest day is expected to be the holiday itself.

US airlines are adding about 850 flights and 108,000 seats per day compared with the same period last year, according to their trade group, Airlines for America.

There were nearly 25,000 flights a day over the Thanksgiving stretch last year.

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