US had the most passengers since before the pandemic last weekend

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened nearly 2.46 million passengers at airport security checkpoints across the country on Sunday. This is the highest number of airport travelers seen in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

According to the TSA’s daily passenger count, a total of 2,462,097 passengers were screened at security checkpoints as of June 26. It is the first time that the agency has recorded such a high flow of travelers since before the pandemic, when more than 2.5 million passengers were screened on February 11, 2020.

The new record number of passenger screening comes at a time when airports and airlines are struggling to cope with the influx of American travelers eager to take the summer vacation they’ve postponed for the past two years.

Airlines and airports have been heavily congested in recent weeks due to a lack of staff and equipment, as well as extreme weather conditions across the country. Customers had to endure particularly long wait times and often found their flights delayed or cancelled.

TSA: Number of US airline travelers drops to lowest seen since May

The 4th of July is expected to be a very busy travel period as Americans try to make the most of the summer. According to Travel + LeisureUS airports logged more than two million passengers in nearly two days in the month leading up to the long-awaited holiday weekend.

Air traffic has been increasing for several months now, and the last two federal holidays have given us an idea of ​​what to expect over the 4th of July weekend. During the Memorial Day weekend, 11.2 million passengers flew through US airports, while more than 9.4 million passengers flew during the long Father’s Day weekend.

A TSA representative gave important tips for getting through a checkpoint on Twitter on Monday, as well as urging travelers to arrive early.

“When waiting in a security line, use that time wisely, removing items from your pockets and putting them in your carry-on bag to save time at the checkpoint.” she tweeted.

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