Record-breaking Thanksgiving travel expected

Thanksgiving travelers are set to set a new record with more than 2.3 million traveling between Nov. 22 and Nov. 25, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Thursday.

The previous record of 2.1 million travelers was set in 2015.

“Thanksgiving brings an increase in air travelers this time of year, and while we appreciate their patience, it can be frustrating when your ability to travel is delayed or stopped completely due to security,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement. “We’ve seen significant decreases in the size of our employee workforce this year, and this will continue to impact how efficiently we can screen passengers. TSA is committed to improving the customer experience while working with the traveling public to protect their safety and security.”

A lack of new security equipment, particularly on international flights, has been attributed to the unprecedented increase in travelers this year. The TSA’s pre-check program has been extended to 33 new airport locations including London’s Heathrow, Madrid’s Barajas and Vancouver’s YVR. Also, the TSA announced that it will improve its “PreCheck” lanes by providing more “Roadside Assistance” with a wider range of shopping, restaurants and attractions at participating airports.

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