Americans Head Home from Thanksgiving on One of 2021’s Busiest Travel Days Yet

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Sunday is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year, both on the road and in the air, as Americans return home from their Thanksgiving trip.

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Air traffic crossed on Saturday 2.2 million, and has exceeded 2 million in eight of the past 10 days, the number of people passing through US airport checkpoints according to the Transportation Security Administration. TSA predicts Sunday’s traffic will exceed 2.4 million,

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More than 2.3 million people passing through TSA checkpoints on Wednesday set off a new pandemic, and airlines reported few problems despite full flights and clogged airports.

From Monday, November 22 to Saturday, nearly 400 domestic flights were canceled, 0.33% of the scheduled time, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks real-time data across airlines.

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more than 3,900 flights According to FlightAware, there were delays to, or within, the US as of Sunday afternoon – more than double the 1,651 flights delayed on Saturday – and 47 flights were cancelled.

Southwest Airlines (ticker: LUV), Spirit Airlines (SAVE) and Allegiant Travel (ALGT) all move back Their flight schedules increased to better align with staff and operations, and both Southwest and Delta Air Lines (DAL) increased staff.

Southwest, American Airlines (AAL) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU) all offered perks such as cash bonuses to employees wishing to work the holidays. Flight attendants at American who have full attendance through January 2 can earn three times their salary.

AAA predicted earlier this month that 53.4 million Americans would travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% Largest single-year increase since 2020 and since 2005.

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