Airlines and TSA report 96% drop in air travel as pandemic continues

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Washington (CNN)The number of people traveling by plane has dropped by about 96% amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple metrics.On Wednesday, Transportation Security Administration officers screened just shy of 95,000 people at airport checkpoints, a dramatic drop from the 2.3 million who passed through on the equivalent day in 2019. The numbers are at a 10-year low, according to the agency.The drop in passengers and orders across much of the country to stay at homehave caused airlines to cut 71% of their capacity, according to Airlines for America, an industry group that represents carriers such as American, Delta, Southwest and United.What coronavirus means for elite airplane passengersOnly about one in every 10 seats on the US domestic planes that do fly are occupied, the group says.