June 30th Was the Biggest Air Travel Day Ever in the US

by Anthony Losanno
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On June 30th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a new record for the most passengers screened in a day at airports nationwide. This surpassed the previous record held by the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2019. Revenge travel, wanderlust, or whatever you want to call it; air travel seems to have recovered from the pandemic.

TSA Officers nationwide screened 2,883,595 individuals on Friday. This just eked ahead of the prior record by 680 passengers, but it’s now the highest number of travelers the agency has ever screened in one day.

This has been expected. A week of weather-related and operational cancellations, coupled with summer travel and people getting ready for the busy 4th of July, has created the perfect storm for travel. The holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, but many employees are using vacation time (myself included) to create a long holiday weekend.

Travel this summer is just heating up and the record set on June 30th will likely be broken over again in the coming months.

Anthony’s Take: Air travel seems to have returned to prepandemic levels. Expect packed flights and some waits at airports across the US. To speed things up, make sure you only bring what’s allowed through security checkpoints and enroll in TSA PreCheck® to speed things up.

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