Updates: TSA marks pandemic milestone as travel ramps up

  • The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2 million people for the first time since the onset of the pandemic on Friday, a major milestone for the travel industry.
  • The agency screened 2,028,961 people that day, about four times the number screened on the same day in 2020 and 74 percent of the travel volume in 2019.
  • The number is a strong signal for the return of travel this summer, which has been one of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic.
  • Experts expect a healthy amount of leisure travel this summer as vaccination rates continue to climb in the U.S. and pent-up demand pushes Americans to book trips.

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Large cities reopen as vaccine doses outpace demand

As cities reopen across the United States and restrictions are lifted, experts worry about the highly contagious Delta variant. Southern states are of particular concern because of lower vaccination rates than the rest of the country.
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