WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. TransportationSecurity Administration (TSA) said it screened just 1.06 millionpassengers at U.S. airport checkpoints on Tuesday, the lowestdaily total since April 2021.

Airlines reported a significant decline in bookings inDecember amid a rise in COVID-19 cases sparked by the Omicronvariant.

Last week, American Airlines AAL.O said while ticket salesare still not back to pre-Omicron levels, they are recovering"quickly" after dropping off "considerably" in early December.

TSA screened 468,933 people on the same day in 2021 but 1.64million on the day in January 2020.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jason Neely) ((David.Shepardson@thomsonreuters.com; 2028988324;))