TSA reports lowest number of air travel since May amid wave of COVID-19 cases

Delta variant leads to flight cancellations: TSA reports lowest number of air travel since May amid wave of COVID-19 cases

  • This week, the TSA reported the lowest number of summer air travel after hitting the year’s highest traffic in early August
  • More than 1.4 million people passed through TSA checkpoints on Tuesday and more than 1.5 million on Wednesday, a sharp drop from the 2.2 million reported in early August.
  • The drop in air traffic can be attributed to the current COVID wave fueled by the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus
  • A recent Cars.com survey found that ‘rising concerns’ about COVID one-fifth of travelers planning to fly had to cancel their flights and drive instead


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Growing concerns about the rise in COVID cases have led travelers to cancel their flights in record numbers, causing a massive drop in air traffic over the summer.

This week the Transportation Security Administration reported the lowest number of air travel of the summer after reaching the highest number of passengers of the year in early August, CBS News reported.

TSA reported that more than 1.4 million people passed through checkpoints on Tuesday and more than 1.5 million on Wednesday, a sharp drop from the 2.2 million reported in early August and the lowest number the agency has seen since May. has reported.

Transportation Security Administration checkpoint travel numbers for the week of August 20 - August 26 in the past three years

Transportation Security Administration checkpoint travel numbers for the week of August 20 – August 26 in the past three years

Growing concerns over the COVID surge have led travelers to cancel their flights in record numbers, causing a huge dip in air traffic over the summer

Growing concerns over the COVID surge have led travelers to cancel their flights in record numbers, causing a huge dip in air traffic over the summer

Growing concerns over the COVID surge have led travelers to cancel their flights in record numbers, causing a huge dip in air traffic over the summer

The drop can be attributed to the current COVID peak, fueled by the highly contagious delta strain of the coronavirus.

More than 100,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 for the first time in eight months as the fourth wave of the pandemic continues.

According to data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 101,050 hospital beds are occupied by people being treated for the virus.

This is a 147 percent increase from the 40,791 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 four weeks ago and the first time this number has reached six figures since the end of January during the deadly winter wave of 2020-21.

TSA reported that more than 1.4 million people passed through checkpoints on Tuesday and more than 1.5 million on Wednesday, a sharp drop from the 2.2 million reported in early August.

TSA reported that more than 1.4 million people passed through checkpoints on Tuesday and more than 1.5 million on Wednesday, a sharp drop from the 2.2 million reported in early August.

TSA reported that more than 1.4 million people passed through checkpoints on Tuesday and more than 1.5 million on Wednesday, a sharp drop from the 2.2 million reported in early August.

The decline can be attributed to the current COVID spike fueled by the highly contagious delta strain of the coronavirus

The decline can be attributed to the current COVID spike fueled by the highly contagious delta strain of the coronavirus

The decline can be attributed to the current COVID spike fueled by the highly contagious delta strain of the coronavirus

This week, the TSA reported the lowest number of summer air travel after hitting the year's highest traffic in early August

This week, the TSA reported the lowest number of summer air travel after hitting the year's highest traffic in early August

This week, the TSA reported the lowest number of summer air travel after hitting the year’s highest traffic in early August

A recent study by cars.com found that “increasing concerns” about COVID, a fifth of travelers planning to fly had to cancel their flights and drive instead.

The survey also found that more than 60 percent of travelers indicate that they are concerned about the delta variant while traveling and nearly a quarter of travelers surveyed said they had changed destinations due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in one area, particularly Florida, which is currently

“There’s a lot more unrest among airlines, hotels, cruise lines and all members of the travel industry compared to a few months ago,” travel analyst Henry Harteveldt told CBS News.

With air traffic reopening after lockdowns, airlines have faced an increase in unruly passengers on board flights.

This year, the FAA imposed a zero-tolerance policy for interfering with or assaulting flight attendants, which carries a fine of up to $35,000 and possible jail time.

Of the 3,900 reported cases, the FAA has opened 682 investigations into possible violations of federal law.

The number of cases under investigation is approximately three times the number the agency has had to deal with in the past 15 years.

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