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While the CDC recommended against travel, about 2 million people went through airport checkpoints on this weekend. Here’s what airports across the country look like right now.

Summary List PlacementLast Thursday, the CDC recommended Americans do not travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as the US is undergoing a massive surge of coronavirus cases.  But the following day, airports saw over 1 million travelers Friday, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A little below 1 million traveled...

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Last Thursday, the CDC recommended Americans do not travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as the US is undergoing a massive surge of coronavirus cases. 

But the following day, airports saw over 1 million travelers Friday, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A little below 1 million traveled through TSA on Saturday.

States across the country have tightened restrictions on social gatherings and travel and experts have warned that small indoor gatherings are driving an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the country. 

While some airports appear to be largely empty, photos and videos show some airports with alarming crowds of people at terminals and gates. Here is what airports looked like this weekend before the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

A video shows crowds of passengers waiting for their flights at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Crowds at Sky Harbor: The day after the CDC recommended people cancel their Thanksgiving travel plans, #azfamily viewer Ed Westerfield caught this scene of passengers waiting at their gates pic.twitter.com/r9gIhWlbek

3TV and CBS5 journalist Max Gorden posted a video on Friday, which showed packed crowds of people waiting at the gates of the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona has over 290,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

TSA crew and travelers wore masks at the security checkpoint at the Denver International Airport on Friday .

Colorado uses a “dial framework” that applies different levels of guidance and restrictions by county based on disease spread. Many counties, including Denver County, are currently in “Level Red: Severe Risk,” where indoor gatherings and indoor dining at restaurants are prohibited.

One photo showed a number of people waiting in line at the Denver International Airport’s food court.

Colorado has over 190,000 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

People line up at baggage drop kiosks at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.

On Friday, November 20, the state of Illinois went into Tier 3 resurgence mitigations. The new mitigations include restricting indoor gatherings to one household and outdoor gatherings to up to ten people. 

On Friday, Illinois carried out strong coronavirus restrictions in the wake of surging new cases.

Illinois has over 640,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Boston Logan International Airport appeared to see very few people at the terminal.

Massachusetts requires all travelers, apart from those deemed to be from lower-risk states, must also fill out a Massachusetts Travel Form as well, according to the state’s coronavirus travel order. As of Saturday afternoon, only Vermont, Massachusetts, and Hawaii are listed as “COVID-19 lower risk-states” according to the public health department. 

Massachusetts requires travelers to quarantine for two weeks or test negative for the coronavirus within three days of arriving in the state.

Massachusetts has over 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

A video of the terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport shows people waiting in line.

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A quick look inside the world’s busiest airport (@ATLairport) on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

The CDC is urging everyone to stay home this holiday – but numbers show millions of people are traveling anyway.

More tonight – see you soon on @NBCNightlyNews pic.twitter.com/IIT5oee6f6

A video posted by NBC Correspondent Blayne Alexander showed some people in line at the terminal and baggage kiosks at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Georgia has over 440,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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