Travelers returning home on the Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday will encounter busy airports and full flights, but relatively few of the problems that have plagued air travel in recent months.
Holiday week was a test of whether US airlines had done enough to prevent the kind of snafus that resulted in major meltdowns and thousands of canceled flights.
Sunday was set to be the busiest day of travel since the coronavirus pandemic began, with the Transportation Security Administration forecasting around 2.4 million people to pass through U.S. airports. The daily passenger volume at the airport exceeded two million people for seven days in a row as of Wednesday, November 24th. After a smaller number of passengers on Thursday and Friday, the TSA checked over 2.2 million people on Saturday.
The week went mostly smoothly. From Monday, Nov. 22 through Saturday, airlines canceled around 400 domestic flights – just 0.33% of the plan, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking website. Around 50 flights to, from or within the United States were scrapped on Sunday.
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