This account is anecdotal, and is not necessarily representative of what other air travelers have experienced. Still, it may be helpful to see how certain security and passenger protocols have changed — including the use of masks, protective panels and social-distancing measures — amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Much of what I experienced felt both ordinary and slightly surreal.
On the day of my flight, June 29th, the T.S.A. screened 625,235 passengers, down from 2,455,536 passengers on the same day last year.
I flew with Alaska Airlines, and my onboard experience was, of course, specific to my flight. In recent weeks, travelers on other carriers have encountered full or nearly full aircraft.