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July 4th Travelers Face Canceled Flights, Crowded Airports and Higher Fares

  • Thousands of US flights delayed with little relief in sight
  • TSA sees busiest weekend of 2022; Delta’s CEO says he’s sorry
Travelers wait to check in at Los Angeles International Airport, on July 1.

Travelers wait to check in at Los Angeles International Airport, on July 1.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg
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People across the US are expected to fly in the highest numbers since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic for the July 4 holiday weekend, stressing a beleaguered transportation system experiencing tens of thousands of cancellations and delays.

Nearly 8,000 flights within, into or out of the US were delayed on Friday and 587 were canceled. Another 2,100 were delayed and 523 canceled, as of around 11:20 a.m. in New York on Saturday, according to FlightAware.com.