Travel is definitely making a comeback, at least nationally. The TSA has been posting travel numbers at checkpoints since the start of the pandemic, which has been an interesting thing to watch to see how travel evolves. Yesterday set a pretty remarkable record.
On Friday, June 11, 2021, the Transportation Security Administration screened 2,028,961 passengers. For a bit of context on the meaning of this:
- This is the first time since March 2020 that the TSA has screened more than two million passengers in one day; in October 2020, the TSA screened more than one million passengers in one day for the first time since the start of the pandemic
- On that day in 2020, the TSA screened 519,304 passengers, which is an increase of about 290% from last year.
- On that day in 2019, the TSA screened 2,727,860 passengers, a decrease of about 26% from two years ago.
Obviously, there are still major limitations on international travel, as many countries still have border restrictions in place. However, there is no denying that domestic flights are about as busy as they used to be. If you pass through a hub like Charlotte or Dallas during a peak period, you will feel like you are in the “front time” minus the people wearing masks.
I’m curious when we see the 2.5 million passenger milestone passed, and also when we see the first day passenger numbers exceed 2019 levels.
At the end of the line
The TSA screened more than two million passengers yesterday for the first time since March 2020. It comes as we see a huge boom in summer travel, due to a combination of widespread vaccinations, largely travel restrictions. waivers and school vacations from multiple locations.
Let’s see when the next major milestone in passenger screening is reached.
Are you surprised that we have already returned to two million daily air travelers in the USA?