TSA agents help travelers place their bags through a 3-D scanner at the Miami International Airport. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Air travel has been down significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Half a billion fewer travelers flew out of U.S. airports in 2020 compared to 2019, according to throughput data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). That translates to a whopping 61% fewer passengers screened at U.S. airports last year compared to the year before.
But there’s one sure sign the agency is expecting air travel to turn around soon.
The TSA is hiring thousands of airport screening officers by the summer, according to a news
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