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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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Ambulances prepare to deplane passengers with fevers in Beijing.

As the U.S. economy continues to take baby steps toward reopening, wanderlust has to be running high for those whose travel plans were blown apart by the pandemic.

The good news is that domestic travel is on the upswing , with domestic flights carrying an average of 47 passengers each last weekend, up from 17 at the beginning of last month.

Also, while still well below a typical stretch, the number of travelers passing through airport security checkpoints has nearly doubled over the past month, according to TSA.

‘The 777-300 is 100% full except for the last 3-4 rows reserved to isolate passengers who develop fever in the flight.’

International travel is a different story as most governments still advise against “nonessential” movement between countries. And even when restrictions are eased and the numbers start to pick back up, the actual experience promises to be far from normal.

As it stands now, overseas travel is a grueling endeavor, especially when it comes to flying from the U.S. to China, if this Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR -1.30% thread is any indication:

Yes, that’s 20 hours and $6,300 total, for a one-way trip to Beijing. Not exactly enticing.

It may not be an option for much longer, anyway. The U.S. is planning to block Chinese airlines from flying passengers in and out of the country by June 16, saying China has failed to approve U.S. airlines from conducting passenger service to China, according to the Wall Street Journal .

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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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