A record number of passengers traveled through U.S. airports over Thanksgiving weekend, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday. The TSA said it screened just over 2.9 million passengers on Sunday, surpassing the previous record of 2.88 million set on June 30. Airlines were eager to avoid the meltdowns that marred travel last December, when severe winter storms knocked out thousands of flights and left millions of passengers stranded.
A Virgin Atlantic flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has taken off from London's Heathrow Airport bound for New York. The flight is the first of its kind across the Atlantic and the airline's founder Sir Richard Branson has hailed it as "historic". The aviation industry and the government say the experiment is a step towards net zero air travel. But SAF currently costs three to five times as much as regular kerosene jet fuel and environmental campaigners say the transatlantic flight is just a "gimmick".