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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Setting a pandemic travel record – on the day before Thanksgiving the TSA screened more passengers than any other day during the pandemic. “The whole family all together for the first time, we flew people into Florida, to Boca, Parkland,” says Steve Goldstein. READ MORE: Travel Restricted From Southern Africa, Dow Drops 905 Points Over New COVID Variant ConcernsAt Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, folks are heading home after Thanksgiving. The Goldstein family is flying to New York hoping to beat the crowds of passengers later on. “Tonight, it’s going to change but I’m glad we’re leaving now,” says Goldstein. Data from TSA checkpoints on the day before Thanksgiving shows more than twice the number of people were screened this year than last, nearing a pre-pandemic level. 2021’s numbers were 2,311,978 people screened. 2020’s were 1,070,967. READ MORE: Missing Gun Belonging To Brian Laundrie's Parents Wasn't Made Public, Attorney SaysThere were lots of passengers in South Florida – on the same day Miami International Airport’s parking garages were completely full. MIA is expecting their busiest travel day...
    LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ) — More than 31,000 people flew out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, marking a new high point for departing passenger traffic during the pandemic, an airport official said. Yesterday, Nov 24 was a new high point for departing passenger traffic at #BWI Marshall Airport since the start of the pandemic. @TSA officers screened 31,178 departing passengers on Wednesday, surpassing the previous high of 28,849 from July 16. #HolidaysAtBWI #Open4BizMD https://t.co/EfV8ZqC8iO — BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) November 25, 2021 Transportation Security Administration officers at BWI screened 31,178 departing passengers on Wednesday, surpassing the airport’s previous pandemic-era high of 28,849 passengers on July 16. TSA reported 2,311,978 people passed through airport security checkpoints across the country yesterday, about 88% of the volume on the day before Thanksgiving in 2019, before the existence of COVID-19 was widely known. BREAKING NEWS: Yesterday, @TSA officers screened 2,311,978 individuals at checkpoints around the country. The figure represents 88% versus pre-pandemic volume screened in 2019 for that same day of the week. pic.twitter.com/yMO1hcTub2 — TSA (@TSA) November 25,...
    An accidental firearm discharge occurred Saturday at an Atlanta airport, which federal officials said led to a temporary halt in flights. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reported on Twitter that at roughly 1:30 p.m. local time, a weapon was accidentally discharged at their security screening area. “There is NOT an active shooter at the airport. APD is on the scene. More information about the situation will be made available on our social media channels,” the airport tweeted.   At approximately 1:30 pm today a weapon accidently discharged at ATL’s security screening area. There is NOT an active shooter at the airport. APD is on the scene. More information about the situation will be made available on our social media channels.— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) November 20, 2021 At around 3:30pm, the airport said normal operations were beginning to resume after officials gave the all-clear. The Atlanta Police Department said in a statement that no injuries had been reported. A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed to The Hill in a statement that there had been “a brief ground stop at ATL from...
    Federal officials are screening millions of passengers per day, marking an increase in holiday travel compared to last year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, said Tuesday that 2,010,601 people were screened at airport security checkpoints on Monday throughout the United States. "It's the sixth day so far this month that checkpoint volume has exceeded 2 million," Farbstein wrote on Twitter. "Please remember to wear your mask!" AIRLINES BLAME BOOZE, NOT ABOMINABLE CONDITIONS, FOR SOARING IN-FLIGHT FIGHTS On Sunday, the TSA screened 2,150,150 travelers, the highest day this month of recorded travelers, according to its website. Both days saw a million more travelers than on the comparable dates in 2020, with 978,297 people screened on Nov. 14, 2020, and 883,157 on Nov. 15, 2020. Earlier this month, the American Automobile Association predicted Thanksgiving travel would come close to reaching pre-pandemic levels. In a press release issued on Nov. 9, the company estimated roughly 53.4 million people would travel during the holiday, signifying a 13%...
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) – The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 10.1 million travelers between July 1 and July 5, which is 83 percent of travel volume for the same five-day holiday period in 2019. July 1 was the busiest of those days, with TSA screening 2,147,090 people. This was 103 percent of the 2,088,760 travelers screened on Thursday of the 2019 Fourth of July weekend, according to a TSA statement. READ MORE: Baltimore Marking More Than 15K Vacant Properties With QR Code To Help Community Identify Owners Also on July 1, TSA screened almost 458,000 TSA PreCheck travelers, the highest number of TSA PreCheck screenings in one day since the beginning of the pandemic. While nearly all the passengers in the standard screening lines waited less than 30 minutes, those in PreCheck waited less than five minutes. READ MORE: Meals On Wheels Seeks Volunteer Drivers As Demand Stays High Post-Pandemic Travelers interested in PreCheck are encouraged to begin their enrollment online before visiting one of the 440 TSA enrollment centers around the country to complete the application process. TSA PreCheck...
    Americans took to the friendly skies ahead of this Independence Day weekend — in even greater numbers than pre-pandemic. The Transportation Security Administration screened 2.2 million people at airport checkpoints on Friday, according to TSA figures. That was “the highest throughput since the start of the pandemic,” TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said in a tweet. JUST IN: @TSA screened 2,196,411 people at airport checkpoints yesterday, Friday, July 2. It was the highest throughput since the start of the pandemic. Come to the airport prepared for security screening without prohibited items in your carry-on bag and #MaskUp.— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) July 3, 2021 That narrowly exceeds July 2, 2019 — when TSA screened 2.18 million. (On July 2, 2020, the federal agency screened nearly 720,000 Americans.) The TSA has published “throughput” figures since the early days of the pandemic as a way to track domestic air travel. Financial and other professionals have used the data to monitor the reopening. The weekend was expected to set records for post-pandemic travel by airplane and automobile. The Transportation Security Administration screened 2.2...
    Travel continues to take off in the post-pandemic. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it screened more than 2.1 million flight passengers this weekend, the most since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it screened more than 2.1 million flight passengers this weekend, the most since the beginning of the pandemic.  (iStock) As many as 2,137,584 travelers were screened on Saturday compared with 632,984 screened on the same day in 2020. And 2,167,380 people passed through airport security on Sunday, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein tweeted.  The spike in travel has also resulted in a number of incidents with unruly passengers. The Federal Aviation Administration took 3,062 reports of passenger incidents between Jan. 1 and June 20, resulting in 487 investigations with many incidents stemming from travelers defying social distancing measures, mask-wearing and being combative with flight staff. It’s a substantial increase from the 183 investigations initiated during the pandemic. TSA WILL RESUME DEFENSE TRAINING FOR AIRLINE EMPLOYEES  Federal officials said flight attendants and pilots would soon have access to self-defense training amid the...
    Post-pandemic summer travel continues to heat up.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Sunday screened more than 2 million travelers at airports – the highest number since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. And Americans can likely expect high wait times at airports through TSA checkpoints as a result.  The TSA screened approximately 2,097,433 individuals Sunday. (iStock) TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the agency screened approximately 2,097,433 individuals Sunday at airport security checkpoints, that’s up from the 544,046 passengers screened at the same time period last year. The number of airport passengers screened earlier this month was just shy of 2 million at 1,984,658, previous data from the TSA shows. The increased travel comes at most Americans become fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  EU RECOMMENDS LIFTING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FOR U.S. TOURISTS  And those numbers are likely to continue soaring, considering the European Union on Wednesday agreed to add the U.S. to a list of countries it would lift restrictions on non-essential travel for.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER And with the influx of travelers...
    Amid a busy getaway travel day for the Memorial Day weekend and the first holiday since coronavirus pandemic restrictions have been relaxed, a crowd of travelers wait in line to check in for their flights at LAX at Delta Airlines, Terminal 2 at LAX Friday, May 28, 2021.Allen J. Schaben | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2 million people at U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020. The increase is welcome news for airlines, hotels and other travel businesses that were devastated by the virus, travel restrictions and quarantines.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsThe TSA screened nearly 2.1 million people on Sunday the most since March 7, 2020. That is still close to 545,000 fewer people compared with the same day in 2019, as business and international travel are still depressed. Airline executives have said that is improving but that it will take longer to recover than domestic leisure travel, which is fueling the rebound. The agency screened just over 2 million people...
    Originally Published by: Authorities vow justice against couple accused of 6-year-olds murder Dr. Pimple Popper reveals what grosses her out LA mayoral candidate stop interrupted by woman with knife Flying at US airports has reached pre-pandemic levels. Airports screened 1,984,658 people at checkpoints on Sunday, the highest since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data from the Transportation Security Administration, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein tweeted on June 6.  That’s a 350 percent increase from last year when 441,255 passengers were screened through airports on June 6. And with that comes long lines at check-in and through security amid busy travel times. “If you’re planning on flying, you need to get to the airport early and be prepared with no prohibited items in your carry-on bag!” Farbstein tweeted.  Air travel continues to soar with more Americans getting vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 1.65 million people were screened at airports across the US on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend – an increase of 368 percent compared with 2020 figures when just 352,947 people passed through airports...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- By air and on the road, several million travelers continued to make their way back to Southern California after a Memorial Day weekend that seemed marked by a semblance of normalcy following a year of pandemic restrictions.Some 1.9 million passengers passed through U.S. airports on Monday alone, according to the Transportation Security Administration. That number brought the holiday weekend total to nearly 9 million people screened at TSA checkpoints, the agency said.Because most itineraries were round-trip, that means the total number of travelers was estimated to be more than 4 million -- after a projection of 2.5 million.This year's numbers were a dramatic increase over 2020, but were still lower pre-pandemic levels.Overall, the majority of those got out of town traveled by car.Memorial Day weekend travel sets 2021 record at LAXEMBED More News Videos Memorial Day weekend travelers have already set a new 2021 record at LAX, with more than 78,000 people passing through TSA on Friday alone, according to airport officials. Surveillance video from a camera mounted above the 15 Freeway in Nevada showed part...
    The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 1.6 million travelers on Friday and Saturday marking the highest number of flyers in the United States since the start of the  COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Howell, a TSA spokesperson, told Axios that the increase happened largely because of spring breakers who have been pictured packing destinations like Miami Beach in Florida. The agency screened 1,562,239 people on Friday and 1,580,785 people on Saturday, according to TSA data. The TSA had screened 124,021 people on April 1 and 129,763 on April 2 of last year while the disease spread and travel largely halted. The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 1.6 million travelers on Friday and Saturday Mark Howell, a TSA spokesperson, has attributed that increase largely to spring breakers who have been pictured packing destinations like Miami Beach However, those numbers are still down from 2019 when 2,411,500 travelled on April 1  and  2,476,884 people traveled on April 2. CBS News noted that the TSA has screened more than a million people a day for 17 days in a row since March 11. RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    Air travel in the U.S. is on its way back up. More than a year after the coronavirus pandemic began, the number of passengers being screened at U.S. airports has surpassed 1 million for 19 days in a row as of Monday, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) data. This marks the most prolonged travel rebound amid the pandemic.  On Monday, the TSA screened more than 1.4 million travelers, a significant increase from last year, when the agency only screened 154,080 travelers. However, Monday’s traveler throughput was still lower than in 2019, when the agency screened 2.36 million travelers, TSA data shows. SPICEJET AIRLINES PASSENGER ATTEMPTS TO OPEN EMERGENCY EXIT MID-FLIGHT: REPORT Airlines have also seen an uptick in bookings, despite the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance against non-essential travel. Airlines have seen an uptick in bookings, despite the CDC's recommendation to avoid non-essential travel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) American Airlines told the AP Monday that bookings are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels as more people get vaccinated.  FAA STUDY FINDS THAT MOST AMERICANS ARE ‘HIGHLY ANNOYED’...
    More than 1.5 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Sunday, the largest number since the pandemic tightened its grip on the United States more than a year ago. It marked the 11th straight day that the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1 million people, likely from a combination of spring break travel and more people becoming vaccinated against COVID-19. Airline executives say they have seen an increase in bookings during the last few weeks. However, passenger traffic remains far below 2019 levels. The TSA said Monday that it screened about 1.54 million people on Sunday, which appeared to be the largest number since March 13, 2020. It was more than triple the 454,516 people that TSA reported screening on the comparable Sunday a year ago, and the seven-day rolling average of screenings has doubled since Feb. 1. Still, the number of people passing through airport checkpoints Sunday was about one-fourth below the number on the closest Sunday in 2019. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
    Americans are upping their travels as the world passes the one year mark of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening over one million travelers per day in the last eight days alone. According to TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein, Thursday marked the eighth consecutive day the agency screened over one million travelers at checkpoints, screening 1,407,223 on Thursday alone and over 1.1 million the day prior. “The last time throughput was this high was on March 15, 2020, when 1,519,192 people passed through TSA checkpoints,” Farbstein said: JUST IN: @TSA screened 1,407,223 people at security checkpoints yesterday, Thursday, March 18. It was the eighth consecutive day of checkpoint volume above 1M. The last time throughput was this high was on March 15, 2020, when 1,519,192 people passed through TSA checkpoints. — Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) March 19, 2021 It has been over a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic, formally making the announcement on March 11, 2020. Travel declined drastically throughout the year amid the uncertainty but ticked back up as the...
    Where's everybody going? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened nearly 4 million passengers over the holiday weekend, as travelers flew to see their special someone for Valentine’s Day or skipped town for the three-day Presidents Day weekend. According to the federal agency’s latest checkpoint travel numbers, 3.9 million people passed through security screening between Friday and Monday. The number marks the second-busiest weekend so far this year, following 4.4 million screened between Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day) and Jan. 4. Though the sum may seem high, a spokesperson for the TSA pointed out that the figure is just a fraction of traditional traffic in years past. (iStock) COVID-19 TESTING WON'T BE MANDATED BEFORE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FOR NOW, CDC SAYS Though the sum may seem high, a spokesperson for the TSA pointed out that the figure is just a fraction of traditional traffic in years past, before the coronavirus pandemic upended the travel industry at large. "While we saw weekend passenger volumes that exceeded 4 million airline passengers, this still represents about 40% of the pre-pandemic passenger volumes," a spokesperson...
    You can’t pack heat when packing your carry-on. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered nearly triple the national average of firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage at Tennessee airports in 2020. On Tuesday, the federal agency revealed that officials found 162 firearms during standard security screenings at airports across the Volunteer State last year. Federal agency revealed that officials found 162 firearms during standard security screenings at airports across the Volunteer State last year. (iStock) FORMER TSA OFFICER SENTENCED FOR TRICKING LAX TRAVELER INTO SHOWING HER BREASTS   Despite a dramatic decrease in commercial air travel due to the global coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people still apparently tried to pack weapons. Across America, the TSA found a firearm for every 99,583 passengers screened. In Tennessee, meanwhile, a firearm was found for every 35,104 people screened, according to a news release. While the federal agency screened 324 million people at airports across the U.S. in 2020 – a slim 39% of the 824 million screened in 2019 – the TSA found twice as many firearms per million people screened last year,...
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers found twice as many firearms per million passengers screened at airport security checkpoints in 2020 compared to the prior year, the agency said Tuesday.  The total number of passengers screened in 2020 fell by 500 million as compared to the previous year, due to the coronavirus pandemic which stymied air travel, but the detection rate averaged to approximately 10 firearms per million passengers in 2020, up from about 5 firearms per million passengers screened in 2019, a record for the 19-year-old agency.  FRONTIER AIRLINE PASSENGER IS TOLD HE SHOULD BE ON 'NO-FLY LIST' AFTER COMPLAINING OF COUGHING TRAVELER TSA officials said 3,257 firearms were found at 234 airports nationwide, 83% of which were loaded. The highest total number of catches reported was at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, followed by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, both in Texas.  In 2019, TSA officers stopped a record 4,432 firearms, of which 87% were loaded.  "I commend our officers for their commitment to TSA's security mission by identifying and stopping these weapons at...
    More than 1.6 million people have passed through airports nationwide over the past three days, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  On Monday, more than 878,000 passengers were screened while more than 1.5 million people were screened over Saturday and Sunday, according to the agency’s latest figures.  Checkpoint volume has steadily dropped since the holidays when Americans traveled in record numbers.  Just two days before Christmas, TSA screened more than 1.1 million people on one single day. A few days after New Year’s Eve, the agency screened more than 1.3 million people, the highest checkpoint volume since the pandemic hit. However, this time, travelers may notice heightened security measures, specifically at major airports around Washington, D.C.  Following the deadly riot at the Capitol, federal agencies began working to increase security measures before President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the oath of office. The TSA previously said it will put more air marshals on some flights and travelers will see a noticeable increase in police officers, bomb-detecting dogs and random screenings.  Federal officials also began investigating people who took part in the riot to determine whether...
    More than 1.6 million people have passed through airports nationwide over the past three days, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  On Monday, more than 878,000 passengers were screened while more than 1.5 million people were screened over Saturday and Sunday, according to the agency's latest figures.  Checkpoint volume has steadily dropped since the holidays when Americans traveled in record numbers.  Just two days before Christmas, TSA screened more than 1.1 million people on one single day. A few days after New Year's Eve, the agency screened more than 1.3 million people, the highest checkpoint volume since the pandemic hit. However, this time, travelers may notice heightened security measures, specifically at major airports around Washington, D.C.  AIRPORT SECURITY INCREASING FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TRAVELING TO, FROM DC: REPORT Following the deadly riot at the Capitol, federal agencies began working to increase security measures before President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the oath of office. The TSA previously said it will put more air marshals on some flights, and travelers will see a noticeable increase in police officers, bomb-detecting dogs and random screenings.  Federal...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 VACCINE: Find out where you are in line LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Jan. 3, 20219:30 a.m.U.S sets pandemic travel recordThe U.S. set a record for air travel on Saturday with nearly 1.2 million screened by the TSA, the most since the previous travel record set on...
    The Transportation Security Administration screened its largest number of people Sunday since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Axios reported. According to figures from the TSA, 1,284,599 people were screened at airports throughout the country on the final day of the Christmas holiday weekend. The agency screened 2,575,985 people on the same day last year. Sunday was also the sixth day in the past 10 that more than a million people have flown, Axios noted. That news comes despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging Americans not to travel during the holidays as COVID-19 infections have hit a peak, and are expected only to worsen with families having large gatherings. Saturday and Sunday marked the busiest weekend for air travel since mid-March, with 2.41 million passengers counted at TSA checkpoints. While the CDC has acknowledged the "stressful and isolating" times brought on by COVID-19, it advised people to celebrate virtually or with members of their own household in order to slow the spread of the virus. Bloomberg News contributed to this report. Related Stories: TSA Reports Over Half-Million...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 HOLIDAY RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Dec. 28, 202011 a.m.Santa Clara Co. gives COVID-19 updateSanta Clara County officials gave a COVID-19 status update and urged strict adherence to all state and...
    Over a half-million people were screened through the nations airport security checkpoints Christmas Day, just 23% of the number of travelers who flew on the same day a year ago, according to the Transportation Security Agency. On Friday, 616,469 people were screened, following on Christmas Eve, when 846,520 went through the TSAs checkpoints, reports CNN. Wednesday, though, the airlines set a pandemic air travel record, with 1.2 million passengers flying. But come Sunday, travel experts say millions will be flying because last week, almost 7 million people were screened at airport security checkpoints and many will be heading home. The travel crowds come even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called on Americans to remain home amid the surge in coronavirus infections, and the increase is causing health experts to fear yet another jump in COVID-19 cases, like the spike after the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS News earlier this month, this year would be the first time in more than 30 years he would not...
    The Transportation Security Administration screened less than half the number of people during the week of Christmas this year than it did the year before. From Dec. 19 through Christmas Day this year, the TSA screened an average of 962,749 per day with three days, Dec. 19, 20, and Wednesday, exceeding 1 million people. Comparatively, during the same time period in 2019, the TSA screened an average of 2,364,475, with no day dropping below 1.9 million people screened. Airlines have been one of the hardest-hit industries by the coronavirus pandemic amid the lack of travelers and federal support. In September, airlines laid off tens of thousands of workers. However, they are expected to receive roughly $15 billion for payrolls in the relief package Congress passed and that President Trump has yet to sign. The drop in TSA screenings from 2019 to 2020 is an improvement on the total number of screenings happening in 2020 in comparison to much of this year. Screenings on Wednesday, the day before Christmas Eve, reached 1,191,123, the highest number dating back to March 16, during...
    Millions of Americans appear to be playing it safe for the holidays due to COVID-19 — despite signs of a Christmas travel surge earlier in the week. Just 846,520 people passed through American airport security checkpoints on Christmas Eve, the TSA said — less than half the 2,009,112 who traveled by plane on Dec. 24, 2019. The dramatic drop comes after public health officials urged Americans to stay home for the holidays amid rising coronavirus cases. In spite of that guidance, the Christmas travel season has been the busiest period for airports since the outset of the pandemic. TSA agents screened 1.2 million people on Wednesday, the most since March 16. This past weekend marked the first three-day stretch with at least one million air travelers per day in just as long. The return to the skies marks a dramatic turnaround from the early days of the US’s COVID-19 outbreak, when TSA agents screened as few as 90,000 people on some days. Air travel numbers have crept up sine late April, as Americans have grown increasingly confident about traveling...
    Mario Tama/Getty Images The TSA screened 1,191,123 air travelers Wednesday, breaking the previous coronavirus pandemic record set after Thanksgiving, despite public health warnings to avoid traveling during the holidays this year. Even after recent warnings by the Centers for Disease Control and Dr. Anthony Fauci, among others, not to travel during the holidays, this week has seen a crush of TSA screenings that shattered records for the pandemic area: Yesterday, December 23rd, the TSA screened 1,191,123 people at airport checkpoints nationwide. By comparison, 2.49 million people passed through security last year on that day, December 23rd 2019. Officials say more than 6 million travelers have been screened since last Friday, December 18. This, despite warnings from the CDC and other agencies against traveling for the holidays. And now there’s a new concern, with a new, more contagious mutation of COVID-19 detected in the United Kingdom. “Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” the CDC warned earlier this month. “Stay at home...
    Despite rising numbers of cases of the coronavirus nationwide, travelers are increasingly turning to air travel as the holidays approach. For the first time since March, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1 million passengers on two consecutive days for a total of 2,140,310 travelers throughout the weekend. The new figures come on the heels of a spike in cases associated with travelers returning home to celebrate Thanksgiving. On Nov. 25, the TSA screened 1,070,967 people at checkpoints nationwide, after which the seven-day average for cases rose to 196,882. JUST IN: For the second consecutive day, @TSA screened more than 1 million people at airport checkpoints nationwide. On Saturday, Dec. 19, TSA screened 1,073,563 individuals. On Friday, Dec. 18, TSA screened 1,066,747. First time since pandemic two consecutive 1M+ screened.— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) December 20, 2020 Public health officials have continued to ask people to exercise caution and to avoid all unnecessary travel in favor of smaller celebrations of the holidays. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for vacationing during the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The holiday travel rush seems to be starting as COVID-19 cases and deaths rise across the nation, while AAA reports that fewer people in the tri-state area will be traveling this year. AAA expects an almost 35% drop in holiday travel across the Philadelphia area compared to this time last year. AAA says to expect a 37% drop in New Jersey and 27% drop in Delaware in the number of travelers. Meanwhile, according to the TSA, more than 1 million people nationwide were screened on both Friday and Saturday. The TSA says this is the first time since the pandemic began that more than 1 million people were screened on consecutive days. The numbers hint at an early rush for holiday air travel, something the CDC has warned against. MORE FROM CBSPHILLY.COM Packages Sitting At USPS Facility Since Last Month, Unable To Be Sorted Due To Staffing Shortages Week Before Christmas ‘Good Luck’: Congress Agrees To New COVID Relief Bill, But Some Philadelphians Say $600 Stimulus Checks ‘Not Enough’ 24-Year-Old Woman Shot Twice While Sitting With Man...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it screened more than 1 million airline passengers for the first time since mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic devastated air travel demand. TSA said it screened a total of 3.2 million people over the prior three days as holiday air travel began in earnest, including 1.06 million on Sunday. The total was down 58% over the 7.6 million people that were screened over the same period in 2019, the agency said. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, coronavirus
    Well, somebody’s not listening. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened over 2 million passengers at airports across the U.S. on Saturday and Sunday, a consecutive record high for the first time since March. The news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to urge Americans to stay home in the fight against COVID-19, though it would seem that people are apparently still heading out for the holidays. According to the latest checkpoint travel numbers, the TSA screened 1,066,747 travelers on Friday, 1,073,563 travelers on Saturday and 1,064,619 on Sunday. Spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted that the Friday and Saturday figures marked the "first time since pandemic" that over a million people were screened on two consecutive days. The federal agency’s historical data shows that a similar number of people hadn’t passed through checkpoints since the weekend of March 13 – the day the coronavirus outbreak was declared a national emergency. ​​​​​Travelers walk through Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) The numbers mark the first time U.S. airports have screened more than...
    NEW YORK -- For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration screened more than one million people for two consecutive days.The TSA said it screened more than 1,066,747 Friday and 1,073,563 Saturday, just one week ahead of the Christmas holiday. For comparison, 2,608,088 were screened on Dec. 18, 2020, and 2,487,987 were screened on Dec. 19, 2020.The American Automobile Association also estimates that 84.5 million will travel been Dec. 23 and Jan. 3, down just about 29% from last year.Major airlines say they're doing everything they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including disinfecting flights with electrostatic sprayers.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend traveling this holiday season, saying the safest way to celebrate is at home. Anyone planning to travel anyway should check local and statewide COVID-19 restrictions. San Francisco, for example, is mandating a 10-day quarantine for those coming or returning to the city.Over the last week, the US averaged more than 219,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, according to an analysis of data from Johns...
    More On: Coronavirus Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu receives COVID vaccine Fauci says Trump should eventually receive COVID-19 vaccine Brazilian prez Bolsonaro claims COVID vax could turn people into alligators Wild nightclub scene transforms Wuhan from COVID-19 epicenter to party central So much for staying home! More than a million people were screened by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on Friday as the holiday travel season kicked off in earnest — despite urgent warnings from public health officials. “Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the CDC has warned. Travel in American airports has plummeted 59 percent as compared to a year ago. Still, the 1,066,747 who were screened by TSA on Friday marked the sixth time passenger counts were above the one million mark since the pandemic began in March, according to USA Today. Filed under cdc ,  Coronavirus ,  holiday travel ,  tsa ,  12/19/20
    More than a million Americans traveled via plane on the day before Thanksgiving — the highest number since the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in March, new statistics show. Figures released by the Transportation Security Administration show that 1,070,967 travelers went through US screening checkpoints Wednesday, down from 2,624,250 in 2019. The one-day total is the highest recorded by the TSA since March 16, but still a 59 percent decrease from last year. Public health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had urged people to scrap their Turkey Day travel plans due to rising infection rates across the country. The TSA also screened more than 1 million passengers on Sunday and Friday. Prior to that, the last time the agency eclipsed that mark was on Oct. 18, when 1,031,505 went through airports, statistics show. In total, almost 6 million passengers were screened at airports from Friday through Wednesday, TSA data shows. A forecast by AAA and HIS Markit predicted earlier this month that Thanksgiving travel would be on the “lighter side,” with 50 million Americans expected to hit...
    The Transportation and Security Administration announced their highest daily screening volume since March on Wednesday. Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter that more than 1 million people traveled through TSA checkpoints on Wednesday, the highest recorded volume since March 16th. "JUST IN: Yesterday, Wednesday, Nov. 25, @TSA screened 1,070,967 people at checkpoints nationwide," Farbstein wrote. "It's the highest volume since March 16 and only the 4th time passenger throughput has topped 1 million since that date. Last year 2,602,631 people were screened on Thanksgiving eve." JUST IN: Yesterday, Wednesday, Nov. 25, @TSA screened 1,070,967 people at checkpoints nationwide. It's the highest volume since March 16 and only the 4th time passenger throughput has topped 1 million since that date. Last year 2,602,631 people were screened on Thanksgiving eve.— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) November 26, 2020 Although the number of screened travelers accounts for the highest volume since March, it still pales in comparison to the more than 2,600,000 people who traveled on the same date in 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
    Americans are still traveling for the holidays. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued warnings against traveling over the holiday. While the overall number of travelers is still down, the TSA still reported a massive spike in the number of people passing through airports. Thanksgiving is often one of the busiest holidays for travel. This year, however, the CDC issued a warning against traveling to visit family and friends for the holiday due to a spike in coronavirus infections. The government agency warned Americans against visiting anyone for the holiday that they don’t already live with. BRITISH AIRWAYS SELLING LUXURY TRAVEL ITEMS AMID UK CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS Since last Friday, however, the TSA has screened nearly five million people at the nation’s airports, Skift reports. In fact, this time period has reportedly been the busiest that airports have seen since the pandemic began. During this time period, the TSA reported that there were multiple days during which over a million travelers were screened. Before this, there was only one day since March that...
    More than one million people were screened by the TSA yesterday, which is the highest number of travelers since mid-March, as Americans start heading home ahead of Thanksgiving despite pleas from health officials for people to stay home.  The TSA said it screened 1.047 million passengers across the country on Sunday. The number of air travelers is still about 60 percent lower than the same date last year but Sunday was the second time in three days that passengers screened topped one million. It is the highest number since March 16 when 1.3 million passengers were screened at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 'It was the highest since the steep decline due to the pandemic and the second time in three days that checkpoint volume surpassed 1 million,' TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.   The TSA said it screened 1.047 million passengers across the country on Sunday, which is the highest number since March 16 when 1.3 million passengers were screened at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured is Miami International Airport on Sunday The CDC issued guidance late...
    The Transportation Security Administration screened more than three million people over the weekend, despite advisement from health officials not to travel. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged people not to travel for Thanksgiving, citing fears that holiday celebrations could further spread the coronavirus amid a sharp rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Despite the advisory, the number of travelers on Friday and Sunday eclipsed 1 million people for only the second and third times since mid-March. On Friday, TSA screened 1,019,836 people, then screened 984,369 on Saturday and 1,047,934 on Sunday. The only day, dating back to mid-March, where TSA screened more people in any one day than they did on any day this weekend, occurred last month. On Oct. 18, 1,031,505 were screened by the TSA. Over this same three-day stretch in 2019, TSA averaged 2,355,435 people checked. "More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days," the CDC wrote in a statement issued last Thursday, a week before Thanksgiving. "As cases continue to increase rapidly across...
    New York (CNN Business)Air travel appears to be on the rise after facing challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. More than 1 million passengers were screened by the Transportation Security Administration on Sunday, according to the agency.Airport screenings reached a total of 1.03 million people, the most since March 16. But that's still down from the same day in 2019, when 2.6 million people were screened through TSA checkpoints. Since the pandemic hit, US airports have screened fewer than half of travelers than the same time last year, according to the CNN Business Recovery Tracker. American Airlines plans to return the 737 Max to service in December The TSA also reported another pandemic high: The agency screened 6.1 million passengers nationwide last week (October 12 through October 18). That's the highest weekly number since the coronavirus pandemic began. The recent bumps in passenger screenings could be a sign that more people feel safe to travel, though cases are once again on the rise across the United States, with more than 48,000 new cases reported yesterday, according to Johns Hopkins University.So far...
    The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1 million air travelers in a single day this weekend for the first time in eight months during the coronavirus pandemic. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said that although Sunday's number is "still 60% lower throughput than one year ago," the spike in the number of air passengers is the highest one-day total since the number of people screened in the United States bottomed out at only 87,534 people on April 14. In an early morning tweet on Monday, Farbstein said the agency had screened a little over 1 million people at security points across the nation. The two preceding days before the eight-month high also signaled an upward trend. On Saturday, roughly 789,000 were screened by the TSA, which was down from Friday when the agency screened more than 937,000 people at airports around the country. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency screened, on average, 2.5 million passengers a day, according to the group Airlines for America. TSA officials also safeguard the surface transportation sector and were tasked with...
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