UNDATED (AP) – Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports on Sunday, the largest number since the pandemic gripped the country in March.
The influx of travelers comes despite pleas from health experts for Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving.
The Transportation Security Administration screened at least 1 million people on four of the last 10 days through Sunday.
While it’s a big spike for the pandemic era, that’s still half the crowd recorded last year at airports.
With new reported cases of coronavirus increasing across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued a warning against Thanksgiving travel just a week before the holiday.