Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare Published 7:00 a.m. ET April 12, 2020 CLOSE The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their homes to avoid catching or spreading the new coronavirus. (April 10) AP DomesticHow cheap is it to fly this month? Almost impossibly cheap. I went on my airfare search site, FareCompare.com, earlier this week and found a $35 fare from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. That’s $35 round-trip, mind you, and a non-stop flight. It was offered by multiple U.S. carriers.Did these super-deals sell out? All I can tell you is, $35 tickets were still available the next day which means the vast majority of us won’t or cannot fly.Oh, sure, some will fly and some have to. But according to the Transportation Security Administration, a record-low 97,000 people were screened at airports on Tuesday, half the number from two weeks ago and a far cry from the 2.1 million travelers on the same week day a year ago.How empty are airports? TSA screened fewer than 100,000 passengers Tuesday, a record lowSo when can we fly? I get asked that again and again, and the answer is probably not


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