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US sets pandemic-era high for air travel, over 1.6 million

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FILE – In this Monday, April 26, 2021 file photo, a jet is silhouetted by the rising moon as it approaches Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Ky. Air travel continues to recover from the pandemic, although it’s still not close to normal. The Transportation Security Administration said that nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday, May 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Air travel continues to recover from the pandemic, although it’s still not close to normal. The Transportation Security Administration said that nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday.

That’s the highest number since March of last year, when the pandemic was beginning to explode across the U.S.

But Sunday’s airport crowds were still 35% below the corresponding Sunday in 2019, before the pandemic, according to TSA figures.

Airlines say bookings started to pick up around mid-February, and they are optimistic about the summer vacation season as more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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