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More than 2 million people are expected to pass through LAX this Thanksgiving

More than 2 million people are expected to pass through LAX this Thanksgiving
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Many people in LA consider themselves to be one-in-a-million. But if you, dear special snowflake, are looking to up the ante to say... one-in-2-million, might we recommend visiting LAX in the next week or so? A recent release from Mayor Garcetti's office is projecting a record 2.1 million travelers to pass through the airport during the 11-day travel period from November 20 through the end of the month. For the third year in a row, the airport is expected to be the busiest in the country, which make sense considering how many things there are to do around here, places to visit and pies to eat.

Garcetti is, of course, mostly hyping up the potential record and its implications for the local economy. Last year's record-breaking year brought 1.96 million visitors through the airport, meaning this year's projection would be a 6.9 percent increase. Monday, Nov 30, is expected to be the busiest day with an estimated 219,000 passengers.

This all comes at a time when LAX is a bit of a hot mess, being a construction site and all. The $8.5 billion renovation is well underway, but will pause for the holiday period and allow passenger flow to be as smooth as possible. Happy traveling (read: waiting in lines)!

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