Thanksgiving travel rush is back with some new habits

  • Hali Sims of Houston holds up her 4-old-daughter, Jolie Sims, to see over the counter as she and her twin sister, Harlie Sims, watch and wave to the family’s luggage as it moves along the conveyor belt behind the American Airlines ticket counter in Terminal A at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Tuesday in Houston. The family is going to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

  • Travelers walk through LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, Tuesday in New York. Travel experts say the ability of many people to work remotely is letting them take off early for Thanksgiving or return home later. Crowds are expected to rival those of 2019, the last Thanksgiving before the pandemic. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

    Travelers walk through LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in New York. Travel experts say the ability of many people to work remotely is letting them take off early for Thanksgiving or return home later. Crowds are expected to rival those of 2019, the last Thanksgiving before the pandemic. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

The Thanksgiving travel rush was back on this year, as people caught planes in numbers not seen in years, setting aside inflation concerns to reunite with loved ones and enjoy some normalcy after two holiday seasons marked by COVID-19 restrictions.