TSA screens more than 2M passengers for third straight day, despite rise in Covid-19 cases

Despite a rise in Covid-19 cases and new restrictions emerging across the country, travelers at US airports do not appear to be deterred from following through on their vacation plans. More than 2 million people were screened at US airports December 16, 17 and 18, according to checkpoint data from the Transportation Security Administration. Those numbers are nearly double what they were a year ago but fall short of the pre-pandemic 2019 figures, the data shows.
These increased numbers come as cities and even sports leagues struggle to control the surge in Covid cases and hospitalizations. Already this week, major sports leagues have postponed or canceled events because of outbreaks among players or rising cases within cities. This year, 2.063 million traveled on December 16, 2.234 million traveled on December 17 and 2.035 million traveled on December 18. On those same days in 2020, 846,934 traveled on the 16th, 1.067 million traveled on the 17th and 1.074 million traveled on the 18th.
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