U.S. Skies Boom: TSA Encounters Record-Breaking Passenger Numbers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reported some of the busiest passenger screening days in its 22-year history over the past month, with seven of the top 10 busiest days occurring since May 17. The agency has been screening approximately 2.5 million people per day nationwide, but some days have seen significantly higher numbers. On May 24, the TSA screened 2.95 million passengers, making it the busiest day in the agency's history. This was followed by June 14, when 2.93 million passengers were screened, and June 19, when 2.91 million passengers went through TSA checkpoints.


The high volume of passengers is a reflection of the strong air travel demand in the United States following the COVID-19 pandemic. The TSA has advised travelers to arrive at airports at least two hours before their flight to allow for sufficient time to check in, go through security, and reach their gate. Bart Johnson, the TSA's federal security director for 13 airports in New York state, said, "Please do your part in efficient checkpoint screening by arriving to the airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight to allow time to check your bags, go through security and get to your gate. Many more record-breaking days are expected."


The TSA has also encouraged passengers to start packing with an empty bag, be patient, and follow officer instructions. Travelers can contact the TSA's @AskTSA team with any travel questions or text "TRAVEL" to (275-872) for assistance.

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The high passenger volumes are expected to continue throughout the summer, and the TSA has urged travelers to plan ahead and arrive at airports early to ensure a smooth travel experience.

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