Thanksgiving travel expected to surge Sunday

Published: Nov. 28, 2021 at 8:42 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2021 at 5:46 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Many Vermonters are back home after a busy Thanksgiving weekend, and airport staffers are tallying up the travel numbers.

TSA reports 2.3 million people were screened traveling nationwide Wednesday, which is the most they’ve seen in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

The six major New England airports screened more than 71,000 of those people. TSA New England warns the Sunday after Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day every year. In 2019, TSA screened 2.9 million travelers, which was the highest ever.

“We’re not going to hit that number this year, obviously, the numbers are creeping closer to pre-pandemic level. We’re anywhere from 80% to 85% of what we saw in 2019,” said Dan Velez of TSA New England.

Velez says lines at the Burlington International Airport have been fairly short, despite the influx of passengers.

Still, if you’re headed out of state, he suggests arriving at least two hours before your flight and double-checking you don’t have any prohibited items before going through security.

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