More than 2,000 Transportation Security Administration employees have now tested positive for coronavirus, according to new data the agency published on its website Monday.
The TSA says of the 2,020 employees who have been infected with Covid-19, nearly 1,800 have fully recovered. Seven TSA employees have died as a result of the virus.
The agency has installed new acrylic barriers at security checkpoints, has changed passenger protocols in an effort to reduce touch points, and is experimenting with new facial recognition scanners to cut down on face-to-face interaction between fliers and workers.
The news comes after a weekend bump in pandemic air travel. TSA says it screened a total of 900,911 travelers at airports across the United States on Sunday, the third time air travel levels reached more than 900,000 since the pandemic low point of 87,000 on April 14. On average, air travel remains at a third of last year’s levels.