Travelers are returning to the skies.
Last weekend was the busiest in the US for air travel since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
More than one million people passed through TSA airport checkpoints on Sunday, Oct. 18 — the most since March 17, the agency said.
The high-travel weekend brought the total number of air travelers during the week of Oct. 12 to Oct. 18 to 6.1 million — another pandemic-era peak, according to the numbers published on Monday.
“Although passenger volumes remain well below pre-pandemic levels, the one million single-day passenger volume is a noteworthy development that follows significant TSA checkpoint modifications in response to the COVID-19 outbreak,” TSA rep Lisa Farbstein told USA Today, referring to safety precautions implemented this summer.
But the weekend’s total still pales in comparison to pre-pandemic travel numbers: On the same Sunday last year, more than 2.6 million people went through airport security.
The number of travelers through TSA checkpoints bottomed out in April, as foreign travel vanished and Americans opted to hunker down at home.
Several days that month saw fewer than 100,000 people pass through security, USA Today said.
Despite the low traffic, 2,134 agency workers contracted the virus, according to TSA figures. Eight have died.