A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent wears a protective mask and stands behind a protective barrier during a passenger screening at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
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Transportation Security Administration officers screened 1,357,111 people at airports Friday, Registering the largest number of travelers in a single day since March 15, 2020.
This achievement reflects that air travel is starting to recover again after a challenging year for airlines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Air travel in the United States reached its lowest point on April 14, 2020, with only 87,500 travelers passing through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints. Travel for 2020 decreased by more than 60% from the previous year to 324 million passengers. According to the TSA. The Transportation Security Administration checks passengers at 440 airports in the United States
The reduction in travel has severely affected airlines. American airlines lost More than $ 35 billion, combined, last year due to reduced passenger traffic. Airlines have had to cut flights, close seats and implement safety measures in response to the pandemic.
Airlines are hoping for a recovery to travel in the coming months as new Covid-19 cases drop in most parts of the country and more people are vaccinated. Thirteen percent of American adults They were fully vaccinated as of Friday.
Friday’s ridership is still 20% less than the same day last year, and nearly 38% lower than in 2019.