TSA records highest number of trips since pandemic began –

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TSA records highest number of trips since pandemic began – fr


DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Good Morning America on Friday that TSA was “ready” but travelers should expect queues.

“We are very excited about the re-emergence of travel, the chance for Americans to reunite with family and friends they haven’t seen in quite some time. … There are going to be a lot of people this weekend, ”said Mayorkas. ” It needs patience. ”

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines saying fully vaccinated Americans can safely assemble without a mask in any type of group gathering, indoors or outdoors. AAA said this month that more than 37 million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles over Memorial Day weekend, up more than 60% from 2020.

Gas prices on Memorial Day weekend are higher than they’ve been in seven years amid high demand and after the Colonial Pipeline closed this month.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tried to portray prices in a more positive light in a statement Friday, saying Americans “are now paying less in real terms for gasoline than they are. have averaged over the past 15 years ”.

“All over America the pandemic is receding,” Psaki said. “As we continue to move forward and our lives return to normal, Americans are eager to make up for lost time, and more and more people are traveling this Memorial Day weekend.”

President Joe Biden has set a goal that 70% of American adults will receive at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4.

“If you are vaccinated, you are protected and you can enjoy your Memorial Day,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said this week. But she added that unvaccinated people should always mask themselves and take precautions.

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