In photos: Thanksgiving travel nears pre-pandemic levels

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With air travel shut at pre-pandemic levels more than a year after COVID-19, people are traveling across the US to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week.

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why it matters: final thanks, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel because of the pandemic. A year later, the total number of people traveling for holidays by car, bus, train or plane is expected to exceed 53 million, or 95% of 2019.

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People wait for their train at Moynihan Station in New York on November 24, 2021, the day before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year. Photo: Yuki Iwamura/AFP via Getty Images
Rubal Singh (centre) stacks bags with his family at Los Angeles International Airport on November 18, 2021, as they prepare to travel to India over the Thanksgiving holiday. Photo: Al Seeb/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.
Passengers at San Francisco International Airport on November 24, 2021. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Long lines of people wait for a ride as they arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on November 23, 2021. Photo: Alan J. Shaaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
The US Capitol is seen in the background as traffic fills on North Capitol Street on November 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images
Nadine Traboulci (left), holding her dog Chloe, hugs her mother May Traboulsi at John Wayne Airport on November 18, 2021 in Santa Ana, California, as she heads to Atlanta to visit her second daughter for Thanksgiving . Photo: Jeff Gritchen / MediaNews Group / The Orange County Register via Getty Images

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