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TSA says air travel has hit a post-COVID record as 2.3 million flew on Wednesday – the most since March 2020

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The Transportation Security Administration says air travel has hit a post-COVID record as more than 2.3 million Thanksgiving travelers took to the skies on Wednesday — the biggest figure since March 2020.

According to the TSA, the agency has screened exactly 2,311,978 people at airports across the country, making it the busiest at security checkpoints since the pandemic began last year. CNN reported on Thursday.

That figure accounts for 88 percent of air traffic, or 2,624,250, the same time last year in 2019, a year before the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s air travel is more than double the number of people screened by TSA compared to the day before Thanksgiving last November, with 1,070,967 airmen.

Meanwhile, Wednesday turned out to be the seventh consecutive day that the agency screened more than 2 million air travelers, according to CNN.

NEWARK: A line of passengers waits Nov. 24 to clear security at New Jersey airport, with 2.3 million taking to the skies on the busiest day for U.S. air travel since pre-COVID

LOS ANGELES: Passengers await security check at LAX's Terminal 6 as US air traffic finally begins to approach levels last seen before COVID devastated the country

LOS ANGELES: Passengers await security check at LAX’s Terminal 6 as US air traffic finally begins to approach levels last seen before COVID devastated the country

LOS ANGELES: Travelers crowd around United's check-in area in Terminal 6. Masks remain mandatory at all US airports

LOS ANGELES: Travelers crowd around United’s check-in area in Terminal 6. Masks remain mandatory at all US airports

CHICAGO: Passengers stroll through Chicago's O'Hare Airport ahead of the biggest travel weekend on the US calendar

CHICAGO: Passengers stroll through Chicago’s O’Hare Airport ahead of the biggest travel weekend on the US calendar

CHICAGO: A little boy waits to go through security at O'Hare Airport as she and 2.3 million others head for Thanksgiving weekend

CHICAGO: A little boy waits to go through security at O’Hare Airport as she and 2.3 million others head for Thanksgiving weekend

This table shows air travel in the US over the past seven days - with more than two million travelers taking the air on each of them

This table shows air travel in the US over the past seven days – with more than two million travelers taking the air on each of them

David Pekoske, TSA’s seventh and current administrator, told the outlet that the agency was well prepared for this year’s pre-Thanksgiving Day travel wave.

“We’ve looked at passenger volume forecasts, we’ve worked with the airlines and the airports, and together we’re ready for the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said. ‘

‘Our goal is to make it as safe and pleasant as possible for people.’

Passengers have been hit by widespread delays in recent months, with SouthWest, Spirit and American all having to cancel hundreds of flights.

It was feared that looming vaccine mandates for airline personnel would cause shortages and chaos, but so far on Thursday there were 1,064 delays in the US, with only 60 cancellations.

Amid pending cases of passenger outbursts and acts of violence, often over traveling mask mandates, the Justice Department said it plans to finally curb such cases.

To that end, Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed federal prosecutors to step up their focus on charges against violent or unruly passengers.

CNN reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has received more than 5,300 cases of unruly passengers and imposed $1.6 million in fines amid more than 1,000 of its own investigations.

However, a handful of aviation groups have questioned the Justice Department’s authority to bring criminal charges, while calling on federal prosecutors to intervene.

Despite those complaints, the FAA has transferred 37 cases to the Justice Department, the agency said.

In September, President Joe Biden announced a new policy that will double the fines TSA agents can hand out to unmasked passengers, to $3,000, adding “if you break the rules, be prepared to pay.”

Last month, DailyMail.com reported on an anti-mask boarding a United flight that was removed from a plane by police after yelling at a flight attendant and threatening fellow airmen when asked to put on his mask.

The unidentified passenger made a dirty diatribe on the flight to Los Angeles, warning someone trying to cover up the situation, “I’ll break your neck!”

An anti-mask threatened to break a passenger's neck after he tried to intervene in the altercation between him and the flight attendant

An anti-mask threatened to break a passenger’s neck after he tried to intervene in the altercation between him and the flight attendant

An anti-mask was seen screaming and threatening other passengers and yelling at a flight attendant after being asked to hang up his phone and put on his mask 4 times

An anti-mask was seen screaming and threatening other passengers and yelling at a flight attendant after being asked to hang up his phone and put on his mask 4 times

The incident was the latest in a series of verbal and physical attacks by passengers who refused to comply with the mask mandate.

In August, a woman on a JetBlue flight from Palm Beach to Hartford was arrested and removed from the plane in a wheelchair after refusing to comply with the mask mandate.

The incident, recorded by Tik Tok user Brooklyn DeGumbia, involved a fight with JetBlue personnel and police officers and apparently delayed the flight by three hours.

Another woman also refused to wear a mask on an American Airlines flight from New Orleans to Dallas in July.

Passengers witnessed the woman scream and throw a tantrum even after she was removed from the flight.

The woman was arrested for disturbing the peace and for a simple assault after she aggressively resisted removing personnel and officers from the plane.

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