The United States set another record for the number of air travelers since the pandemic set in, although passenger numbers remain far below 2019 levels.
Nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday, according to the Transportation Security Administration. That was the highest number screened since March 12 of last year when air travel began to plummet.
However, it was still 35% below the number of airport travelers reported on the comparable Sunday in 2019, according to TSA figures.
Airlines started to see an increase in bookings around mid-February, and the TSA has screened at least 1 million people every day since March 11.
Vacation destinations have been most popular — business travel, which is more profitable for airlines, remains drastically reduced.
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, a TSA staff wears mask as he walks past flight information screens show flight status information at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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