Please, just let us go somewhere, anywhere!
As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the U.S., more travelers are venturing out, taking flights, and getting away.
On Friday, about 1.36 million passengers went through TSA checkpoints, which marked the busiest day for the nation’s airports since the middle of March 2020, when COVID-19 caused air travel to plummet. Still, travel remains well below pre-COVID levels. In March of 2019, checkpoint traffic averaged more than 2 million passengers a day.
Friday’s uptick comes as the total number of COVID-19 doses administered in the U.S. has climbed past 100 million and about 35 million people are now fully vaccinated. The U.S. is currently administering more than 2.3 million shots a day.
The high number of travelers also comes during a period when many students traditionally travel for spring break vacations.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still advising people to “delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” but more of us are ditching that advice as we grow weary of staying in.