TSA screens nearly 2 million Memorial Day weekend travelers

The Transportation Security Administration screened 1.96 million passengers Friday — the highest number of passengers the agency has screened in a day since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

TSA spokeswoman Alexa Lopez wrote on Twitter Saturday that the number of passengers screened by the agency is “creeping up to 2 million” as Memorial Day weekend begins.

On the same day last year, the agency screened 327,133 passengers, compared to 2.57 million in 2019, according to numbers posted to the TSA’s website.

The number the TSA posted Friday is the highest number of passengers the agency has screened in a single day this year, but the number of air travelers has crept steadily upward as more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccines.

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