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Thanksgiving Airports Screenings Down 65%, TSA Says

Thanksgiving Day traffic at U.S. airports was especially light this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the number of people screened nearly three times smaller than last year.

The Transportation Security Administration screened 560,902 people Thursday, down from 1,591,158 on Thanksgiving 2019, TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted.

“Thanksgiving isn’t typically a busy day at airports, but as you can see, yesterday was still significantly lower than in 2019,” Farbstein wrote.

Still, many people traveled for the holiday despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation against doing so as numbers of coronavirus cases spike nationwide. The U.S. recorded 110,611 new cases Thursday — the 24th straight time the daily number hit six figures — despite 20 states not turning in data to a Johns Hopkins University tracker for the day, CNN reported.

As of Friday, the U.S. has roughly 13 million coronavirus cases and 264,000 related deaths — both tops globally — according to the Johns Hopkins tracker.

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