More than 1 million travelers were screened at U.S. airports Wednesday, marking the busiest air-travel day since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March.
The Transportation Security Administration said in a tweet that TSA officers screened 1,070,967 passengers. It was the fourth time since March 16 that more than 1 million people passed through U.S. airports. Two of those million-plus days were recorded last weekend, as holiday travel started in earnest.
As many as 50 million people were expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that people should stay home to help stem the spread of Covid-19, according to an AAA survey conducted before the last CDC warning.
AAA estimated that travel would be down about 10% compared to last year, though air travel was predicted to drop by roughly 47.5%.
Some air travelers said they knew there were risks to travel, but were planning to take precautions to keep themselves safe.
“It is scary,” 18-year-old Ishaan Bhakker, from India, says about flying. “There’s a chance of infection, but I guess you just gotta do all that you can to stay safe yourself, like wear a mask and don’t touch any shared surfaces.”
Alicia Jauregui, of San Jose, Calif., said she and her family were planning to skip their usual big family gathering and instead would drive to visit an uncle who was going to be alone.
“There’s so much conflicting information. You don’t know what to believe, what not to believe,” Ms. Jauregui said. “You just kinda got to follow the rules.”