26M passengers expected for 'record breaking' Thanksgiving holiday travel: TSA

Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2, a 4% increase over last year.

TSA officials said travelers can expect to encounter new TSA tools at airports nationwide this holiday travel season, including new computed tomogrpahy and scanner to give a closer look at what's in passengers bags. They said this new tech should allow "for more items to be able to be left in the bag."

They also expect to introduce credential authentication technology which will allow identification documents to be scanned more quickly.

The busiest days figure to be the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day. The lightest day? That's expected to be the holiday itself.

TSA says it will offer overtime to screeners to keep checkpoints adequately staffed.
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