The Transportation Security Administration said it screened over 2.2 million people at airport security checkpoints around the U.S. on Friday, which was the beginning of the Thanksgiving travel period, marking the highest one-day traveler volume the agency has seen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the same day last year, the TSA said a little over 1 million passed through airport security checkpoints, a far cry from the 2.5 million screened in 2019.
AAA predicted earlier this month that 53.4 million people will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, up 13% from last year’s Thanksgiving holiday.
The TSA screened over 2 million for the first time this year on Friday, June 11.
2 to 2.5 million. That’s how many travelers the TSA said it screened a day prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
When the pandemic began in March 2020, U.S. air travel fell by 51%, and traveler numbers continued to remain low for the rest of 2020. The TSA screened its lowest number of travelers, about 87,000, on April 13, 2020. The number of travelers steadily began to increase this year following the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.
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