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    Still planning summer travel? Here’s how to make it as painless as possible


    Passengers, airlines and government agencies are bracing for a last dash of summer air travel that will  probably include more delayed flights and crowded planes.

    In some ways, it feels like 2019 all over again — except it’s happening amid a spike in reports of unruly passengers and anxiety over the surging COVID-19 Delta variant.

    Here’s what you can expect as you prepare to take to the skies.

    Crowded planes and airports

    Thanks to COVID-19 restrictions that curtailed air travel, passengers last summer frequently had empty seats next to them and zipped through security checkpoints. That isn’t the case this year, as passengers have returned to airports, and planes to the skies.

    The Transportation Security Administration reports that it is screening hundreds of thousands more passengers a day than in 2020. And on July 1 and 2 it screened more passengers than during corresponding days in 2019, the first time that has happened since the pandemic began.

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