Mar 13, 2021 - Economy & Business

Air travel hits pandemic high

A TSA agent helping a passenger through a security checkpoint at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, in January 2021.
A TSA agent helping a passenger through a security checkpoint at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, in January 2021. Photo: Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Transportation Security Administration officers screened 1,357,111 people at airports across the U.S. on Friday, a new record since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

Why it matters: Domestic air travel is 55% below pre-pandemic levels, while international travel is down 71%. Experts believe growing vaccination rates and an improving economy are increasing pent-up demand for travel, Axios' Joann Muller reports.

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