Thanksgiving travelers set TSA pandemic record

(CNN) — The mass of Thanksgiving travelers has set a new pandemic-era air travel record.
The number is 88% of the traffic (2,624,250) on the equivalent Wednesday in 2019, before the pandemic.
And it is more than twice the number of people (1,070,967) TSA screened on this day last year.
Wednesday is the seventh consecutive day the TSA screened more than 2 million passengers.
Goal: Safe and securePeople wait in the line to clear through the TSA checkpoint at Miami International Airport in Florida on November 24.
Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesTSA chief David Pekoske told CNN ahead of the holiday that the agency was prepared for the travel surge.
"We've looked at passenger volume projections, we've worked with the carriers and with the airports, and collectively we're ready for the Thanksgiving holiday," he said.
"Our goal is to make it as safe and secure and as enjoyable for people as we possibly can."
AAA predicted 53.4 million Americans would travel for the holiday, including millions by air.
Pekoske warned travelers to "just be patient" navigating travel, especially because some people have traveled infrequently or not at all since the pandemic began.
British AirwaysWith what's already proving to be a busy holiday flying season, you might be understandably nervous about Covid-19.
Book window seatsExperts suggest booking window seats for children (or adults) who are not vaccinated, partly due to the air vents along the inside panels of most planes.