The TSA had its busiest day ever over Thanksgiving weekend

  • A record number of passengers and airline staff were screened at TSA airport checkpoints over the Thanksgiving holiday, the agency said Wednesday.
  • 2.7 million people is now the new record, topping previous Thanksgiving weekends and Summer Fridays.

More than 2.7 million people passed through airport security checkpoints on Sunday, making the Thanksgiving travel day the busiest in the Transportation Security Administration‘s 17-year history.

The new record is about 16,000 more passengers and crew than the previous record, set on the same Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2004. Other top travel days include Thursdays and Friday’s in the summer months, especially around the Fourth of July.


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“It was all hands on deck during the Thanksgiving holiday week,” David Pekoske, administrator of the TSA, said in a press release.

“Close coordination with airline and airport partners, new technology, enhanced screening and more travellers enrolled in TSA Pre✓, TSA used every tool to secure air travel for the millions of passengers travelling to their holiday destinations.”

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