Air travel is nowhere near pre-pandemic levels. But it began bouncing back in May.
The number of people passing through airport security checkpoints in the United States nearly doubled over the course of the month.
The Transportation Security Administration says it screened nearly 949,000 passengers over the past weekend. By comparison, it scanned 476,000 people over the first weekend in May.
American Airlines said more people traveled this past weekend than over Memorial Day, the start of the summer travel season.
Although the increases are significant, the pandemic has dealt an unprecedented blow to the industry. During the busiest day in May, only 14% of travelers flew compared to the equivalent day in 2019.
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