Over 1 Million Passengers Screened For Flights In US

December 24, 2020 - Orlando, Florida, United States - Travelers wearing face masks depart for flights at Orlando International Airport on the day before Christmas, ignoring health experts who recommend against holida... December 24, 2020 - Orlando, Florida, United States - Travelers wearing face masks depart for flights at Orlando International Airport on the day before Christmas, ignoring health experts who recommend against holiday travel as the coronavirus pandemic hits record levels across the United States, on December 24, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 24, 2020 2:40 p.m.

NEW YORK — The number of passengers screened for flights in the U.S. topped nearly 1.2 million Wednesday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, but it’s still about 38.5% below the same Wednesday last year, by far the smallest percentage decline since March.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday’s tally of 1.19 million was the most since mid-March.

It’s the third straight daily gain.

On the same weekday a year ago, 1.94 million passengers were screened. However, that was Christmas 2019 when travel was lighter than normal. On several days in early April after the pandemic broadsided the U.S. economy, fewer than 100,000 people were screened to board planes.

The bump comes as the CDC warns that holiday travel may increase one’s chances of getting and spreading the virus. It recommends staying home and postponing travel as the best way to protect oneself from COVID-19.

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