Friday Was Another High for Air Travel in Recent Months
With lock-down orders and travel restrictions around the country, air travel plunged 96% in recent months. On March 1st aroun 2.3 million people people passed through TSA checkpoints, including workers and crew members. Then on April 14th that number was down 87,534 people. That was the slowest day for air travel in decades and an incredible drop of 96.2% from the same day the previous year.
But in recent days we have seen a spike in air travel. Friday May 8th marked a new high in the last two months. A total of 215,444 people people passed through TSA checkpoints. That’s a 150% increase from the slowest day of the year back on April 14.
However, that is still 91.7% down from a year ago. You can see the TSA numbers here, compared to the same weekday last year.
Airlines Mandate Face Masks
Travel nowadays differs from what you have been used to. Most airlines now require you to wear face coverings. JetBlue was the first to announce mandatory masks for both crew and passengers, and all the major carriers soon followed. You can read requirements for most airlines here. Airlines have said they will provide masks to those who do not have one in most cases. Some airports, like San Francisco, also require masks in the terminals. Frontier Airlines is going even further. They are the first airline to announce that they will implement temperature screening before boarding.