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Crowds of July 4 Fliers Get Some Reprieve as Cancellations Ebb

  • TSA screened 4.65 million passengers on Friday and Saturday
  • Weather cooperates, helps keep cancellations in check Sunday
A traveler waits for a flight inside Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California.

A traveler waits for a flight inside Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

The biggest crowds of July 4 holiday travelers since the Covid-19 pandemic jostled their way through US airports this weekend, keeping stress on an already beleaguered transportation system.

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 4.65 million passengers on Friday and Saturday, about 2.7% more than in the pre-Covid pandemic era of 2019. Some 16,000 flights had been delayed within, into or out of the US since Friday, Flightaware.com was reporting as of 2 p.m. New York time Sunday.