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More than 37 million people are expected to travel over the five days surrounding the Memorial holiday weekend

More than 37 million people are expected to travel over the five days surrounding the Memorial holiday weekend, according to new projections from AAA. That number is a huge jump—60 percent higher than last year—and is an indicator that overall travel this summer is on track to bounce back significantly. That means over the holiday weekend, which is traditionally viewed as the kickoff to the summer vacation season, travelers can expect to see the usually crowded planes, trains, and roadways. Nearly 2.5 million Americans are expected to fly over the long weekend—six times more air passengers than Memorial Day 2020. The TSA has also indicated it expects a busy summer, as the agency has been recruiting 6,000 additional officers to staff airport checkpoints and help with the predicted onslaught of travelers. While airline seats will be full over the holiday, road trips are still expected to dominate this year, with 90 percent of vacationers—about 34 million Americans—predicted to travel by car during the extended weekend. AAA’s projections show that trending destinations for drivers will be Las Vegas, Orlando, Denver, Nashville, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


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