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Yes, airports will be packed. No, masks aren’t optional.

A week before Thanksgiving last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Americans not to travel over the holiday as COVID-19 cases were ticking up.

Millions of travelers ignored the advice, swarming airports across the country and setting what was then a pandemic record for air travel.

A year later, there is no broad CDC Thanksgiving travel warning, 80% of Americans age 12 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and school-age children are now eligible for the jab.

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The TSA will now require travelers to wear face masks in airports and on planes



a group of people sitting at a table: A TSA agent wears a face mask. Paul Hennessy / Echoes Paul Hennessy / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images


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A TSA agent wears a face mask. Paul Hennessy / Echoes Paul Hennessy / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Starting Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration will require passengers to wear facemasks at TSA checkpoints and during travel in an effort to “fully comply”

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