#Roommates, sadly the 2020 holiday season is a lot different this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to stay home—but it appears that millions are ignoring the guidelines and traveling anyway. According to a new report from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), over 3 million Americans have traveled within the past few days, as COVID-19 cases continue to soar.
@USAToday reports, although we continue to be in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the holiday travel rush is well underway at airports across the country—despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) repeated advice to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. TSA screened more than 3 million travelers over the weekend as vacations from school and work began throughout the U.S.
New estimates reveal that TSA screened 1,064,619 people on December 20th, 1,073,563 on December 19th and 1,066,747on December 18th, according to a daily tally it posts to track passenger trends. This marks the first time since March with consecutive days of checkpoint numbers totaling over 1 million.
However, the numbers are still down significantly from a year ago, nearly 60%, or about 1.5 million fewer passengers each day. Even with the weekend rush, passenger counts have only topped 1 million just eight times since travel demand plummeted in mid-March when the COVID-19 outbreak emerged. The low point came on April 14th, with just 87,534 passengers screened by TSA.
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