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TSA: 2020 Passenger Traffic Fluctuated Between 24% and 61% of 2019 Volume

On January 4, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported the final daily figure of estimated travel volume for calendar year 2020. In 2020, the agency screened 324 million passengers, which is only 39 percent of the 824 million total passengers screened in 2019.

TSA also reported a big swing in passenger volume in 2020:

On April 14, 2020, TSA reported its lowest travel volume of only 87,500 passengers throughout all TSA checkpoints nationwide, representing just 4 percent of passenger volume recorded on the same weekday in 2019. During TSA’s historically busiest time of year, average travel volume per day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2020 continued to fluctuate between a low of 24 percent and a high of 61 percent of 2019 travel volume during the same period. TSA anticipates daily travel volumes will continue to rise steadily and follow seasonal patterns. However, the agency expects volume will remain well below pre-pandemic levels through most of 2021.