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Thanksgiving Travel Out Of Logan Was Down Compared To Last Year, But Up From Weeks Prior

People wait for their baggage at Boston Logan International Airport in Boston on Nov. 25, 2020. The  airport was bustling with travelers on the Eve of Thanksgiving, despite people being encouraged to stay home. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
People wait for their baggage at Boston Logan International Airport in Boston on Nov. 25, 2020. The airport was bustling with travelers on the Eve of Thanksgiving, despite people being encouraged to stay home. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

New Massport data show passenger traffic increased around Thanksgiving, but it was still well below last year's numbers.

More than 111,000 people departed from Logan International Airport last week. That's down 73% from 2019, but it's a 32% increase compared to the first week of November.

The airport recently launched multiple types of on-site coronavirus testing for both airport workers and travelers, though some experts warned that the tests could create a false sense of security.

State officials and health professionals urged people to stay home ahead of the holiday, and are now expecting a spike in cases due to increased travel and gatherings.

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