US Air Travel Reached Post-March Peak on Day Before Christmas Eve

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  • On the day before Christmas, more than 1.1 million people boarded airplanes across the US, the most since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by the Transport Security Administration (TSA)
  • The data showed that 1,191,123 travelers passed through airport checkpoints nationwide on Wednesday, the most since March 16, when more than 1.2 million people traveled by air as the coronavirus outbreak began in the US
  • According to the agency data, a combined 3.2 million people boarded planes from Friday to Sunday, with over 1 million people flying per day
  • This is despite warnings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Americans to stay home during the holiday season
  • In a news report released Dec. 15, AAA stated that it expected up to 84.5 million Americans to travel from Dec. 23 to Jan 3