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Politics Airport screenings top 1 million for first time since March

18:41  19 october  2020
18:41  19 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Fox Business Flash top headlines are here. The last time the agency surpassed the 500,000 mark was on March 21 with a tally of more than 540,000 people. In March , the coronavirus outbreak left planes nearly empty after governments around the world implemented stay-at-home orders forcing

More than 500,000 people crossed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints on Thursday, the first time the numbers have climbed above that mark since travel cratered this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1 million passengers were screened at U.S. airports on Sunday, the first time the threshold has been reached in seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

a group of people sitting on a suitcase: Airport screenings top 1 million for first time since March © Getty Images Airport screenings top 1 million for first time since March

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it screened 1,031,505 people at security checkpoints nationwide on Sunday. That amount is 60 percent lower than this time a year ago.

The last time TSA screened more than 1 million passengers was on March 17, according to the agency. The lowest point for TSA screenings during the pandemic was on April 14, when 87,534 people went through checkpoints.

On Saturday, TSA screened nearly 789,000 people, which was about 19,000 more than one week earlier. Saturday's total was roughly 62 percent lower than a year ago.

On Friday, TSA screened just over 973,000 people.

Prior to the pandemic, U.S. airlines were transporting 2.5 million passengers and 58,000 tons of cargo each day, according to industry group Airlines for America.

Net booked revenue for U.S. airlines is currently down 80 percent and carriers are collectively burning more than $5 billion of cash a month.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby last week said that he doesn't expect the demand for business travel to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

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Miami Heat president Pat Riley is trying to do some cleanup on comments he made about the NBA Finals deserving an asterisk. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Pat Riley is trying to do some cleanup on comments he made about the NBA Riley said he would have liked to see how the NBA Finals would have played out had the Heat had a fully healthy team for them. Key players Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo missed significant time in the Finals due to injuries. “They beat us fair and squarely,” Riley said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

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