The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed Wednesday that on Tuesday, the agency saw a record low in the number of passenger screenings in airports nationwide.
According to CBS News Transportation Reporter Kris Van Cleave, the TSA screened only about 297,000 people on Tuesday seeing a 16 percent drop from Monday. Tuesday’s screenings were reported to be an 88 percent drop from the more than 2.3 million people screened on March 1.
The updated numbers from the TSA comes as the nation comes to an abrupt halt over the novel Wuhan coronavirus with travel bans implemented across Asia and Europe. With states and localities now issuing “shelter-in-place” orders, about one in four Americans are on lockdown deterring even domestic travel. More states are likely to announced shelter-in-place orders in the coming weeks as the virus spreads.