Close to 1 Million Passengers Go Through TSA Checkpoints in Single Day
Travel demand has been rising in recent weeks, after stalling in August and early September. In fact last weekend, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 984,354 passengers at airports on a single day, October 11th. The last day more people passed through TSA checkpoints was March 16th.
This is the fifth time in October that TSA agents have screened more than 900,000 passengers in a day. That is a big increase from the lowest point back in April 14 when just 87,534 travelers passed through security. And that includes staff as well. Based on numbers from the these last few weeks, it would not be surprising to see the the number of travelers pass the 1 million mark this month.
But there’s still a long way to go to get back to normal. On the same weekday last year, 2,555,333 travelers were screened by TSA agents. Airlines had expected slow travel demand in the fall and winter months, but a steady increase even if slow, is still good news.
Airlines have stabilized their operations now, which unfortunately involved furloughing thousands of employees. Until the end of September, airlines had to keep everyone employed, based on the terms of the bailout money they received from the CARES Act.