The Transportation Security Administration is experiencing a steady influx of travelers at airport checkpoints, with the last two months each topping the numbers recorded during the same period before the pandemic. TSA officials said the total number of travelers screened monthly between March 2020 through December 2022 never topped the same month in 2019, but pent-up demand and a return to normalcy has the tide turning. In January, air travel numbers exceeded pre-pandemic totals for the first time, reaching 60.5 million passengers screened, an increase from the 58.6 million who went through security checkpoints in January 2019. February marked the second time since the pandemic and the second month in a row that air travel numbers exceeded pre-coronavirus totals, with the 58.1 million passengers screened surpassing the 57.9 million from 2019.
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