New Covid-19 record: the travel season has been stronger than expected

New Covid-19 record: the travel season has been stronger than expected

A crazy number of travelers passed through the nation's airports on Sunday, a new pandemic travel record as passengers headed home from the holidays. Keep reading to find out all the details!

A lot of travelers were screened by TSA as holiday travelers headed home. It was a record number during pandemic even though it was still low compared with an ordinary holiday season. Read on to discover how many travelers were screened!

Lots of travelers decided to visit their relatives for Christmas and New Year, but some others preferred to stay at home this year. Numbers were higher than expected but still, remain low. 

Numbers are still down significantly if we compared them with a year ago, but the holiday travel season has been stronger than expected given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advice to stay home during the year-end holidays, a repeat of advice during Thanksgiving.

Numbers are still down significantly

More than 1.3 million travelers passed through the nation's airports on Sunday, a new pandemic travel record as passengers headed home from the holidays. The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1,327,289 people, topping the 1,284,599 a week earlier on the Sunday after Christmas.

The number of passengers screened fell below 100,000 in April. Numbers have climbed steadily since but didn't top 1 million until mid-October before retreating before the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush. 

In 2019, the TSA screened as many as 2.6 million travelers a day during Christmas and New Year's. So today numbers compared with those days remain quite low. However, numbers are impressive considering a global pandemic is going on. 

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