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As the Labor Day weekend approaches, the Transportation Safety Administration said roughly 878,000 people were screened for air travel Thursday, the highest daily level since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the agency said it has handled one-third of 2019 traffic, CNN reported.

The numbers coincide with airline projections, with Airlines for America, a trade association, estimating traffic during the Labor Day weekend to be between a quarter to a third that occurred last year.

Meanwhile, John Townsend, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic, told WTOP he expects 500,000 to 750,000 Washingtonians to travel over the holiday weekend, though 98% will travel by car, up from 91% in normal years.

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