Nearly 1 million people flew through U.S. airports Saturday

Nearly 1 million traveled through U.S. airports Saturday

ATLANTA — Nearly a million people traveled through U.S. airports on Saturday, marking one of the busiest travel days since the pandemic began.

Channel 2′s Lauren Adams was at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where a steady stream of travelers passed by.

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Airport officials were focused on safety and short wait times. The airport has installed hand sanitizer and plexiglass windows. Workers handed out 5 million masks and airlines doled out individually-packed snacks and enforced social distancing.

Adams talked to travelers who said they will continue to fly during the pandemic.


Mike Jones flew home to Dallas from Atlanta to be with his family.

“We thought it was going to be packed this morning but it doesn’t look that bad,” Jones said. “The plane was full.”

Jones said the airline took precautions to make sure his family was safe.

Davis Mitchell was flying to San Diego.

“It was great. Better than I expected. Delta’s done a great job with everything,” Mitchell said. “I plan to fly back to see my family at Christmas,” Mitchell said.

The busiest airports in the country Saturday were Atlanta, Orlando and Los Angeles.

Overall Thanksgiving travel will be down for Georgia, AAA says