The Transportation Security Administration checked a little more than 1 million people at U.S. airports. Although this is still only 40% of the volume projected on the Friday before Thanksgiving a year ago, it is only the second time since mid-March that 1 million people have been screened in a single day. It was the first time on October 18.
The influx of passengers comes on the day that Johns Hopkins University announced a record 195,542 new Covid-19 cases in the United States, confirmed. And that comes a day after the CDC issued its Thanksgiving travel warning.
However, US airlines are preparing for their busiest week since the pandemic began. American Airlines said it would increase its schedule by about 15% during Thanksgiving week compared to the rest of November, from an average of 3,500 daily flights to more than 4,000 flights.
The aviation industry neither encourages nor discourages vacation travel, the industry’s trade group leader said on Thursday.
“Do we want to see them travel? Yes, but only if it’s safe for them,” said Nick Calio, airline’s chief executive for America. “This includes different factors for each individual passenger.”