TSA screened 1.3 million travelers at American airports on Sunday, most since pandemic began
The air travel industry seems to be bouncing back. The Transportation Safety Administration says that more than 1.3 million people were screened at American airports on Jan. 3, the most since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein wrote on Twitter that Sunday was also the eighth of the last 12 days and 11th of the last 16 days that screenings topped 1 million.
Farbstein said that Jan. 3 would have typically been one of the busiest travel days of the year as families returned from Christmas break.
“In previous years, many travelers have delayed their return home to the Monday or Tuesday after this two-week holiday period in an effort to avoid crowds and typically find a lower airfare on a weekday,” Farbstein wrote.
TSA officials say that 324 million travelers were screened at airport checkpoints in 2020, more than half of them during the first three months of the year.
Farbstein wrote that the 324 million figure “represents just 39 % of the approximately 824 million total passengers screened in 2019.”