The number of Americans traveling by plane is climbing slightly, according to Transportation Security Administration data, reaching a three-week high as some states begin reopening.
The 128,875 people who passed through airport security checkpoints on Sunday was the most screened since April 3, according to the agency’s data.
The trend “is happening at every airport across the country, regardless of airport size,” TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein told CNN. She declined to provide statistics for individual airports.
However, it was still only about 5% of the 2.5 million people screened on the equivalent day in 2019.
But data from the TSA and airlines are now showing passenger counts trending upwards over the last 10 days, after sinking to lows not seen in decades.
The average domestic flight now carries 12.5 passengers – up from a low of about 10 passengers.
The uptick comes as some states begin re-opening businesses that have been shuttered for weeks, and may reflect restlessness in the traveling public as summer approaches and flights are inexpensive.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA on Thursday urged the US departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services "to take further action to limit the spread of the virus by restricting air travel to only that necessary to continue essential services."