TSA screened 2.7 million people over holiday weekend

Airline travel over the July 4 weekend surged to new pan...

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 12:34 PM

Airline travel over the July 4 weekend surged to new pandemic-era highs.

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened more than 700,000 people on each of three days over the holiday weekend's four-day travel period -- the first time above 700,000 since mid-March.

The nearly 2.7 million people screened from Thursday through Sunday were about 28% of the 9.4 million people seen during the equivalent weekend last year.

The numbers are also up substantially from the Memorial Day weekend in May but are still a fraction of the record-setting traffic over the holiday weekend in 2019, which set a TSA record at the time.

The agency has also reported more than 960 cases of coronavirus among its workforce, including six deaths.

American Airlines said Saturday that the first three days of July were its three busiest since the pandemic hit.

The weekend was the first since April that American Airlines began selling flights up to full capacity. United Airlines has also been selling flights up to capacity.

Both airlines said they are warning passengers that flights could be full and will allow passengers to re-book without a fee to a less-full flight.

While airlines note travel volumes are still far below sustainable levels, they have been preparing for growth from the lows hit in mid-April.

Data from Airlines for America, representing major US carriers, shows airlines have removed 800 planes put into storage during the pandemic as of Sunday. Thirty-nine percent of the US fleet is grounded right now, according to the group.

US airlines are operating at only 46% of their usual capacity, according to the group.

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