According to the Transportation Security Administration, more than 2.3 million American people are traveling for Thanksgiving, marking the highest traffic since the “low point” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a tweet on Thursday, Nov. 25, the association’s spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein revealed that they screened 2,311,978 people nationwide on Wednesday, one day before Thanksgiving.
Such air traffic marks the highest checkpoint volume since the low point of the pandemic, which fell on Apr. 13, 2020, when only 87,534 people were screened nationwide.
Americans have rushed toward the Thanksgiving holiday after about 70% of the population have got at least one dose of vaccine, and 59% are fully vaccinated.
Last year when vaccines were not yet available for the public, fewer Americans boarded flights during the Thanksgiving holidays.
However, there are still significant risks of COVID-19 infections as the United States has started to see an increase in the number of cases again after a short decline in October.
The Hill citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported that the United States saw more than 100,000 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and over 159,000 on Monday, compared to more than 29,000 cases recorded a month prior on Oct. 23.