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The United States screened 2.49 million air travelers on Sunday, the highest level since early 2020

The United States screened 2.49 million air travelers on Sunday, the highest level since early 2020

Written by David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 2.49 million air travelers on Sunday, the highest daily number since February 2020.

However, the number was down from the 2.61 million checked on the same day in 2019. Sunday’s checkpoint traffic was the highest since February 11, 2020, when the TSA screened nearly 2.51 million travelers and comes as it notifies carriers. Flying is about increasing business and leisure travel. . The number is slightly higher than the number shown on July 1.

Some leisure travelers in the United States, faced with fewer seats and higher summer prices, have chosen to postpone flights to the fall.

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:) CEO Ed Bastian said last week on an earnings call that demand for air travel remains very strong.

โ€œAfter two years of travel delays, it is clear that consumers are going out and traveling around the world,โ€ Bastian said. โ€œBusiness travel continues to recover in line with our expectations as bookings improved after Labor Day and businesses re-established contact with their teams and customers.โ€

Airlines for America, an industry trade group, said that as of early October, the number of flights by major carriers remained down about 15%, while passenger numbers were down 6-7% from pre-pandemic levels.

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