The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has screened more than a million passengers per day over the last seven days, marking the biggest week of air travel since the pandemic began.
More than 8.7 million people have flown in the last week, the first time that TSA figures have exceed a million for seven consecutive days since the pandemic began.
Even still, new numbers are about half of what they were pre-pandemic.
The TSA screened 1.1 million people at airports on Wednesday, which exceeded 953,699 screenings on March 17, 2020 – a first during the pandemic, but at odds with health officials who continue to warn against travel.
Now the question is whether this surge in travel will lead to a surge of the virus.
Health officials say they are looking at travel now for clues on how best to relax CDC restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated— something health officials said would be premature without more data.
On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that they are "revisiting the travel question."