TSA Report BIG Jump In Screenings For Memorial Day Weekend

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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?


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.

Date20202019% 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?


  1. What a great blog cousin!!! I have plans to travel on 6/29. Although I have continued to see cases of COVID increase, my thought is these numbers are not real time. Yes! This pandemic is real and should be taken seriously and with caution. I really can’t definitively answer the question,” Is it safe to travel”. But my thought is, I’ve had to go to work everyday….. Hmmmm


  2. What the above commenter said, I also have to go to work Monday-Friday. As we approach summer, I believe more people are going to start traveling and In a few weeks that number will be at million. I personally will wait to see how things pan out, more countries opening as well as most if not all states in the “green phase” I’m leaning towards an August vacation. I will not visit anywhere where Im required be tested upon arrival aside from a temperature check. I believe that swab is the virus.


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