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Air travel, tourism steadily rebounding

A Southwest Airlines Co. employee wears a protective mask while assisting a passenger at Los Angeles International Airport  on an unusually empty Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles, California on May 23, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Perhaps the most telling signs of pandemic recovery are the levels of air travel and tourism. With the peak summer travel season approaching, things appear to be moving closer to normal.

The United States set a record over the weekend for the number of air travelers since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

Nearly 1.67 million people were screened at US airport checkpoints Sunday, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) — the highest number since March 12, 2020, when passenger flying sharply dropped.

Airlines started to see an increase in bookings around mid-February, and the TSA has screened at least 1 million people daily since March 11.

Vacation destinations have been the most popular…

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