That’s just 23 percent of the number of travelers who traveled on the same day a year ago, before the pandemic, and About Half of the 1.2 million passengers who traveled on Wednesday, setting a record for air travel. On Thursday Christmas Eve, 846520 people crossed Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.
Sunday is expected to be another important day for air travel, travel experts say. Transportation Security Administration figures show that last week, nearly 7 million people were screened at airport security checkpoints.
“We need to try to bend the curve, and stop this massive increase, and so we are really asking the American public to prevent this infection, avoid travel and wash their hands, wear a mask and keep the distance,” said Dr. Henry Wook, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident director said at a time. Earlier this month.
The rise in travel also comes as executives at several airlines are looking to bring back the thousands of workers who were laid off in the fall due to lower travel numbers.
CNN’s Chauncey Alcorn contributed to this report.
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