The travel restrictions have loosened and the result is a busy airport.
As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) loosens travel restrictions and more people get vaccinated, the Denver International Airport experiences an exponential increase in travel numbers.
A DIA spokesperson said that the travel numbers have increased more than 800% in 2021 in comparison to 2020.
During the week of April 26, 2020, DIA only saw about 29,948 travelers. During the same week in 2021, TSA saw about 282,682 people.
This dramatic change is not just happening in Denver. On April 18, 2020, a little more than 105,000 Americans traveled by plane. On the same day in 2021, nearly 1.6 million Americans took a plane.
Even though the return of more passengers can be good news for those in the airline industry, the quick and dramatic increase of flights could be happening too soon. Because of the high demand and loosening of restrictions, airlines are now filling the middle seats in each row. Leaving the middle seats empty used to provide some type of social distancing and comfort to travelers.
Regardless of the increase in flyers, TSA has extended its face mask requirement on planes until September 13. This means everyone over the age of two is required to wear masks at all times. Anyone who fails to meet the requirement will receive a fine starting at $250 and up to $1,500 for repeat offenders.
The Denver International Airport is also sticking to its mask rules. Inside the airport, masks are required at all times, whether you are in the terminal, on the train, or at your gate. Concessions are made when someone is eating or drinking.
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