Thanksgiving travelers set new TSA pandemic record

TSA says it screened 2.3 million people at U.S. airports Wednesday

Orlando International Airport Traffic

Thanksgiving travelers across the U.S. are flying in record numbers.

The Transportation Security Administration says it screened 2.3 million people at U.S. airports Wednesday.

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That makes it the busiest day at security checkpoints since March 2020, when the pandemic was ramping up.

It’s also more than twice the number of people screened the day before Thanksgiving last year.

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Wednesday is the seventh consecutive day the TSA screened more than two million passengers.

The TSA expects to screen more than 20 million people at airport security checkpoints this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Orlando International Airport expects Saturday to be its busiest day of the Thanksgiving travel period with an estimated 154,400 people passing through its gates.