Airport screenings reach high pandemic level | Instant News

Airports are busy again and air travel is approaching pre-pandemic levels. Driven by pre-Thanksgiving travel, 2.3 million people passed through airport checks on Wednesday in what the Transportation Security Administration said was its busiest day since travel fell at most. coronavirus low in April 2020. That’s more than double the 1.1 million people who have passed through TSA checkpoints. a year earlier the day before Thanksgiving, according to a TSA database. It’s also 12% lower than the number of travelers screened on the equivalent day in 2019, when TSA checkpoint officers saw 2.6 million people a few months before the pandemic. The day before Thanksgiving is usually one of the busiest travel days of the year, as well as the days after the holidays when people return home. The TSA has hired 6,000 new officers this year and has enough staff to deal with the increase in passenger numbers, TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers told Reuters. “So the staff, while we’re hiring, won’t be slowing people down this holiday season,” Dankers said. Nonetheless, airlines have advised passengers to arrive at airports early in case of long security lines. Delta Air Lines suggested more than two hours ahead for domestic flights and more than three hours ahead for international flights. David Ingram covers technology for NBC News.

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