Friday marked the busiest day for American airports in nearly 13 months — as health experts warned that rising COVID-19 rates across the US could continue to surge.
Airport security agents screened 1,580,785 people at US airports on Friday — the most since March 12, 2020, just before the start of widespread COVID-19 lockdowns, TSA rep Lisa Farbstein posted on Twitter.
Friday’s throughput was more than 12 times the number of people who flew on the same day in 2020, according to TSA figures.
Air travel has slowly picked up since the beginning of the pandemic, when daily throughput dropped from nearly three million on some days to below 100,000.
The TSA had its first string of five consecutive days of over one million flyers over the Christmas holiday, and throughput has continued to trend upward — the last day with fewer than one million people screen was March 6.
Air travel dropped to less than 100,000 people