Americans set a record for pandemic-era air travel, then broke it again over the Mother's Day holiday weekend.
The Transportation Security Administration said that slightly more than 1.7 million people were screened at airport checkpoints on Sunday, the highest number since March 2020, when travel was collapsing because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Sunday's mark was about 4,500 more than the previous record, set just two days earlier.
However, those crowds were still far smaller than before the pandemic. Sunday's TSA count was down 29% from the comparable Sunday two years ago, according to TSA.
Air travel has been rising slowly for more than a year since hitting bottom in mid-April 2020. The numbers had
Airlines say most of the people on flights now are leisure
The Associated Press