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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.
TRAVEL UPDATE: Yesterday, TSA Officers nationwide screened 2,883,595 individuals – beating our previous travel record of 2,882,915 on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2019. This is the highest number of passengers the agency has screened on record.
— TSA (@TSA) July 1, 2023
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.
As we approach the July 4th holiday travel period, we’re expecting record travel volumes. @TSA is staffed & ready to handle the increased volumes with technologies & resources for improved security effectiveness, efficiency, & passenger experience at security checkpoints.
— David P. Pekoske (@TSA_Pekoske) June 29, 2023
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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