Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson and primarily a domestic carrier, said it would cut flight capacity by at least 20% from April 14 through June 5. The Dallas-based carrier said its planes were roughly 67% full in the first half of this month, and trending in recent days toward 50%.
On Friday, the number of passengers passing through airport security checkpoints nationwide was down more than 38% compared to the same day a year ago, according to TSA data.
On Monday, TSA said the screener at Hartsfield-Jackson who tested positive for the coronavirus last worked at the international terminal on the morning of March 7.
The agency said the screening officer is quarantined at home and receiving medical care, and TSA employees who came into contact with the officer during the past 14 days were being notified.
The checkpoint at the international terminal was closed while it was being sanitized Monday. Passengers were re-routed to the international arrivals-level screening.
The American Federation of Government Employees union, which represents TSA officers, last week issued a statement calling for N95 masks and other protective equipment to protect officers. TSA officers are constantly in contact with the traveling public, including international passengers, the union noted.