More than 1.2 million people traveled through US airports on Sunday
More than 1.2 million people traveled through US airports on Sunday — the busiest day for air travel since March.
US airport security screened 1,284,599 people that day, the TSA said.
The busy post-Christmas travel day marked the sixth of the last 10 where more than 1 million people passed through American airports, according to TSA figures.
That’s a dramatic turnaround from earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, when security agents screened as few as 90,000 people on some days.
America’s increasing willingness to fly came despite the urging of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay home and avoid travel this holiday season to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Still, daily TSA throughput was dramatically down from the second half of December last year, when most days approached 2.5 million.
Christmas Day air travel was down nearly 60 percent this year compared to 2019.
A Department of Defense study conducted in partnership with United Airlines released in October found there was only a 0.0003 percent chance that viral particulates could infiltrate a neighbor’s breathing space — as long as both fliers wear masks the whole time.
Anyone who opts to travel for the holidays should get tested before and after gathering, the CDC said.