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Are Bay Area airports ready for Thanksgiving travel surge?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 08: Luca Schoonheijt, right, who just arrived from Amsterdam, hugs her boyfriend Ethan Weinstein of Berkeley at San Francisco International Airport on Nov. 8, 2021. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

Bay Area airports are readying for hundreds of thousands of passengers around Thanksgiving, as travelers increasingly venture out to visit family and friends for the first post-vaccine pandemic holiday season. Now as the Turkey Day rush nears, many who are flying for the first time in nearly two years are wondering if their flights will be beset by delays, airport turmoil and unmasked travelers rampaging down the aisle.

The Bay Area’s three major airports — San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose — say they are well-positioned to handle the influx of passengers. Along with staffing up for security and ticketing, there are emotional support dogs roaming SFO and a newly built children’s play space at SJC to help kids get out the pre-flight wiggles.


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