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Nearly one month ago, I wrote an article titled “The Real Numbers: Are People Still Flying?” in which we looked at the daily amount of passengers that were traveling domestically and compared it to daily amount of passengers that were traveling domestically the previous year (2019).
At that time we were seeing approximately 90,000 passengers passing through TSA check points daily. However, over the past two weeks we’ve seen all 50 states begin to “reopen” in some way.
Would this affect the number of flying passengers?
More specifically, how would the current pandemic affect the Memorial Day holiday weekend traffic?
THE REAL NUMBERS
TSA’s Public Affairs spokesperson, Lisa Farbstein, updates her Twitter account (@tsamedia_lisaf) every day with a lot of interesting articles and data. But perhaps the most interesting data she shares is on how many people are passing through TSA checkpoints.
Note: TSA also updates these numbers on their website every morning at 9AM. If you don’t have twitter, you can see the numbers HERE.
In addition to the current daily numbers, she provides a comparison of how many people passed through TSA checkpoints during the same date the previous year.
Yesterday, an astounding ~318,000 passengers transited through TSA checkpoints.
|Date||2020||2019||% of passengers|
flying (2020 vs 2019)
Over the course of the past four weeks, the number of passengers transiting through TSA have nearly quadrupled.
Although ~300,000 is far below the number of passengers airlines were seeing a year ago, that is a significant increase from the ~87,000 passengers that we were seeing only 30 days ago.
Personally, I find these numbers fascinating particularly because cases of COVID-19 are still increasing daily. Which makes again ask, how are you determining when it’s the right time to travel?
Perhaps, Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, had some influence in this when he said “flying is safe” a few days ago?
Are you surprised by these numbers? Do you feel it’s “safe” to travel? Have you flown recently or plan to fly again soon?