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Long check-in and COVID test lines at airports as 110 MILLION Americans travel

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Travelers should brace for long waits at airports and lengthy traffic on the roads as an estimated 109 million people are set to travel between December 23rd and January 2nd this year — a 34 percent increase from the same time period in 2020.

A dramatic 27.7 million more people than in 2020 will travel 50 miles or more this holiday season, with eight percent less travelers than the same point in 2019.

Of those travelers, 6.4 million will be boarding airplanes, compared to the 2.3 million that did so during the holiday season during the height of COVID in 2020.  In 2019, 7.33 million holiday travelers traveled by airline, compared to 6.7 million in 2018 and 6.5 million in 2017.

Over the past three days, the Transportation Security Administration has screened more than two million passengers each day at airports nationwide, double the number of screenings carried out this time in 2020.

A ripple of flight delays and cancellations led to major delays at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday. On Sunday, officials expected 27,256 passengers, almost triple from 2020’s numbers according to KENS 5.

Lines for TSA checks at the Texas airport wrapped around the airport on Monday.

On Sunday, officials expected 27,256 passengers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, almost triple from 2020's numbers

On Sunday, officials expected 27,256 passengers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, almost triple from 2020’s numbers

A ripple of flight delays and cancellations led to major delays at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday

A ripple of flight delays and cancellations led to major delays at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday

Airport passengers took to Twitter to complain of longer-than-normal wait times as AAA predicted that more than 109 million people would travel more than 50 miles this holiday season

Airport passengers took to Twitter to complain of longer-than-normal wait times as AAA predicted that more than 109 million people would travel more than 50 miles this holiday season

TSA lines were extraordinarily long at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday, causing some to miss their flights

TSA lines were extraordinarily long at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Saturday, causing some to miss their flights

Lines for TSA checks at the Texas airport wrapped around the airport on Monday due to cancelled and delayed flights

Lines for TSA checks at the Texas airport wrapped around the airport on Monday due to cancelled and delayed flights

At Los Angeles International Airport, up to 3.5 million travelers are expected to pass through between December 17 and January 3rd. There were 45 million travelers during that period in 2019, but this year’s prediction is higher than the 1.85 million passengers seen at that time in 2020.

After Sunday, peak travel days are expected between December 26 and January 2nd, with more than 200,000 passengers expected each of those days. Friday, according to LAX officials, was the busiest day the airport saw since 2020.

‘That trend will continue each Sunday for the next three weeks, with busy days in between,’ LAX tweeted.

After Sunday, peak travel days at LAX are expected again on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, when more than 200,000 passengers are expected during each of the days.

Travelers are pictured at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday. Friday, according to LAX officials, was the busiest day the airport saw since 2020

Travelers are pictured at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday. Friday, according to LAX officials, was the busiest day the airport saw since 2020

Travelers documented the congestion at LAX on social media. After Sunday, peak travel days are expected between December 26 and January 2nd, with more than 200,000 passengers expected each of those days

Travelers documented the congestion at LAX on social media. After Sunday, peak travel days are expected between December 26 and January 2nd, with more than 200,000 passengers expected each of those days

Undeterred by the new Omicron COVID variant, thousands queued at San Francisco International Airport on Monday

Undeterred by the new Omicron COVID variant, thousands queued at San Francisco International Airport on Monday

After Sunday, peak travel days are expected between December 26 and January 2nd, with more than 200,000 passengers expected each of those days. Friday, according to LAX officials, was the busiest day the airport saw since 2020

 

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