More than 1 million people passed through U.S. airports on three consecutive days this weekend, according to the Transportation Security Administration, the first time the agency has recorded numbers like that since March.
On Friday, the TSA screened just under 1.066 passengers, followed by 1.073 on Saturday, and 1.065 on Sunday. This was far lower than this weekend last year when the agency saw over 2 million passengers each day, but it showed Americans are hitting the skies before the Christmas holiday, despite advice from experts to hunker down.
The agency last screened more than 1 million passengers on Nov. 29, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Americans are heading out of town for the holidays despite experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci and government leaders warning them not to as COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S., reaching record levels over the last few weeks. In fact, more than 194,900 cases were reported nationwide on Sunday, a 9.2% increase over the past seven days, according to The COVID Tracking Project.