U.S. screened 500 million fewer airport passengers in 2020

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FILE PHOTO: A passenger arrives on a flight from London amid new restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at JFK International Airport in New York City, U.S., December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

January 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. agency screened 500 million fewer people at U.S. airport checkpoints in 2020, down 61% over 2019, amid a sharp slowdown in air traffic demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Monday it screened 324 million passengers throughout its airport security checkpoints in 2020, down from 824 million passengers screened in 2019. In recent weeks, travel has rebounded slightly. On Sunday, TSA screened 1.327 million people at airport checkpoints, the highest number screened since mid-March, but still down 45% over the same day in 2020.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)