• FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, passengers walk in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.   An airline trade group said Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 that about 27.3 million people will fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period that starts Nov. 18 and ends the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. That's up 2.5 percent from last year.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, passengers walk in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. An airline trade group said Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 that about 27.3 million people will fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period ... that starts Nov. 18 and ends the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. That's up 2.5 percent from last year. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, Carola Vazquez, center, waits at the ticket counter with her children Isabel, left, and Diego, kneeling, while traveling to Cancun, Mexico from Miami International Airport in Miami.  An airline trade group said Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 that about 27.3 million people will fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period that starts Nov. 18 and ends the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. That's up 2.5 percent from last year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, Carola Vazquez, center, waits at the ticket counter with her children Isabel, left, and Diego, kneeling, while traveling to Cancun, Mexico from Miami International Airport in Miami. An airline trade group ... said Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 that about 27.3 million people will fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period that starts Nov. 18 and ends the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. That's up 2.5 percent from last year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (The Associated Press)

US airlines expect Thanksgiving travel to rise 2.5 percent

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The nation's leading airlines are confident they can handle higher Thanksgiving travel this year partly because more people have signed up for quick-screening programs that are designed to keep airport security lines moving.

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An airline trade group said Wednesday that about 27.3 million people will fly on U.S. airlines over a 12-day period that starts Nov. 18 and ends the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

That's up 2.5 percent from last year.