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Flying For Thanksgiving? Expect Record-Breaking Crowds

If you’re planning to fly this Thanksgiving, brace yourself. Air travelers are being told to expect record crowds at all major US airports this Thanksgiving with passenger numbers up 3% from last year.

It’s not to say that you won’t take-off without a hitch, but air travelers are being warned that passenger numbers are up 3% from last year, meaning 28.5 million people will travel during the 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period this year. Last year, it was estimated 27 million people flew in the US during Thanksgiving.

The data is collected by Airlines for America, a trade group that represents most of the largest airlines in the country, and airlines are responding by adding more flights with larger planes for flights between November 17th and November 28th.

The busiest travel day will be Sunday, November 26th, so if you’ve booked flights to New York or somewhere else in the country, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get through security before your flight because you can bet the lines will be long.

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