This was the highest number of screenings in a single day since March 15, 2020. Americans have started to travel again as vaccines have become more readily available.
In the US, air travel bottomed out on April 14, 2020, as only 87,500 passengers were screened by TSA. Travel in 2020 was down around 60 percent from the previous year. In total, US airlines lost more than $35 billion last year.
The reduction in travel has hit airlines hard. U.S. airlines lost more than $35 billion, combined, last year because of low passenger traffic. Airlines were forced to slash flights, block off seats, and implement safety measures in response to the pandemic.
Travel industry giants hope that the increase in vaccinations will lead to a massive surge in travel.