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(NEW YORK) — Some 2.61 million people headed to the country’s airports Sunday to travel home following the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

As of 5 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, 182 flights had been canceled and 2,670 delayed, according to FlightAware.com.  Many of those delays were weather-related and occurred in Denver and San Francisco.

Overall, the number of cancellations Sunday was just one-quarter of what they were on Wednesday. And there were half as many delays, making Sunday a much easier day to get home.

A shortage of TSA screeners at Chicago’s Midway Airport did cause extremely long security lines.

At New York’s JFK Airport, the FBI says an American Airlines flight from Barcelona was taken to a secure area after a bomb threat was emailed to the airline.

The jet, with roughly 200 people on board, was searched by a bomb squad and K-9 units. Nothing was found.

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