Almost 5 million Americans have already traveled by plane before Thanksgiving


Almost 5 million Americans have already traveled by plane ahead of Thanksgiving — a pandemic-era high, according to the latest data.

Airport security screened 4.8 million people from Friday to Tuesday, the TSA said.

That’s still 59 percent less than the same period in 2019, when nearly 12 million people passed through American airports.

But it’s an uptick compared to earlier in the year, when some days saw as little as 90,000 or fewer trips, according to TSA figures.

Amtrak, meanwhile, has seen ridership drop 80 percent compared to last Thanksgiving, spokesman Jason Abrams said.

Only 27 percent of Americans plan to have a mixed-household Thanksgiving dinner amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a survey commissioned by the New York Times.

Fifty million Americans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving, according to a forecast from AAA and IHS Markit. The vast majority of those trips — 95 percent — were expected to be made by car.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned Americans against traveling for the holidays amid rising coronavirus rates.