Survey: your next flight
Apr 10, 2020 / 8:00 a.m. | Story:
Photo: The Canadian press
The number of Americans boarding planes has dropped to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people seek shelter at home to avoid catching or spreading the new coronavirus.
The Transportation Security Administration screened 94,931 people on Wednesday, down 96% from a year ago and the second consecutive day under 100,000.
The official count of people who passed through TSA checkpoints exaggerates the number of travelers – if at all possible – as it includes some airline crew members and people who still work in stores at the airport. inside the airport security perimeters.
Historical daily figures only go back so far, but the country had on average fewer than 100,000 passengers per day in 1954, according to figures from the Airlines for America trading group. It was the dawn of the jet age. The de Havilland Comet, the first commercial airliner, was only a few years old and Boeing was on test flights with the jet that would become the iconic 707.
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