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Travelers wait in line at a TSA screening checkpoint at Orlando International Airport on the Friday before Memorial Day. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Transportation Security Administration on Friday screened nearly 2 million people across the U.S. as the Memorial Day weekend kicked off, setting a new air travel record since the start of the pandemic.

The big picture: TSA spokesperson Mark Howell told Axios in April that the agency had been preparing for a surge in summer travel since the beginning of the year. The agency said in February it was looking to hire 6,000 new officers by Memorial Day.

  • Since international travel is still limited, summer trips are expected to be mostly domestic, Axios' Hope King reports.
  • Airport traffic in Orlando has reached 90% of 2019 levels, and hotels are booked solid along the Florida coasts, AP reports.

Flashback: The last time TSA screened 1.9 million people was on March 8, 2020.

  • This time in 2019, TSA screened more than 2.5 million travelers.

What to watch: Over 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend (6 million fewer than in 2019), according to AAA.

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Kentucky governor calls state lawmakers into special session on COVID

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, in April. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Gov. Andy Beshear is calling Kentucky's GOP-led legislature into a special session next week on policies to address surging COVID-19 cases in the state.

Why it matters: The Democratic governor had imposed a series of emergency pandemic measures, but the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled last month that a lower court had incorrectly blocked state Republicans from limiting his executive authority.

Sep 5, 2021 - Health

Fauci: Pfizer booster likely ready by Sept. 20, Moderna may need longer

Anthony Fauci. Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday the Pfizer coronavirus booster shot may be ready by the date the administration has aimed for, while Moderna's will likely need more time for approval.

The backdrop: President Biden said last month the government will offer boosters beginning the week of Sept. 20 to adults who got their shots of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna at least eight months prior.

Restaurant recovery’s screeching halt

A restaurant window. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bars and restaurants went from powering America’s jobs comeback to slowing it down.

Why it matters: The industry is a proxy for how the labor market and economy are faring amid the pandemic.