Travel is still continuing to grow.
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This fall, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has continued to see record numbers of passengers coming through airports. On October 11, TSA screened 984,354 passengers – the highest single day amount since April 14, which hit 87,534.
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The high number marks the fifth time in October where more than 900,000 passengers traveled through airport checkpoints, according the TSA website.
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Though travel is up, it is still down compared to the previous year, which on average screened more than 2 million passengers a day.
Clearly those in the United States have been eager to travel once states eased up on COVID-19 restrictions, however, the CDC is still not recommending flights, and especially not flights with layovers, as both activities are listed at medium-high risk and high risk, respectively, according to its travel information.
Passengers have ebbed and flowed during summer and into fall, with Labor Day seeing a particularly large spike. Despite this increase in interest, experts are still suggesting Thanksgiving – historically one of the busiest travel days for airports – to be relatively quiet this year, noting a dramatic drop in purchased flights, U.K.-based aviation analytics firm OAG reported.
If you are traveling by plane, it’s important to keep your risk down by following proper safety measures.