Air Travel Surge: 2.95 Million Passengers Screened in U.S. on Single Day

According to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), 2.95 million travelers were inspected on Friday—the most ever for a single day.

The start of the American summer travel season, which falls on Memorial Day weekend, corresponds with the record travel. Major American airlines predicted this week that summer travel will reach a record 271 million passengers, an increase of 6.3% over the previous year, according to the organization.

According to the TSA, the number of passengers screened on Friday exceeded the record of about 2.91 million set in November. Since May 16, five of the ten busiest travel days ever have occurred, according to the agency.

According to Airlines for America, U.S. airlines intend to operate over 26,000 daily flights this summer, an increase of around 1,400 or 5.6% from 2023, when they transported 255 million people. The forecasted summer travel season is from June 1 to August 31.

American Airlines announced that it will increase its summer flight schedule by 10% and anticipates a 10% increase in passengers over the May 23–May 28 Memorial Day travel period, or approximately 3.9 million people on 36,000 flights.

According to United Airlines’ prediction, the number of passengers it will handle during the Memorial Day travel period will reach 3 million, a roughly 10% increase and a record high.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Delta Air Lines anticipates a 5% increase in passengers to about 3 million between May 23 and May 27.

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The prediction is made at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is having difficulty resolving a chronic lack of air traffic controllers.

In an effort to alleviate traffic, a few airlines voluntarily reduced their summertime schedule of flights to New York, which has sparked fresh worries about the shortage of controllers.

If an airline does not make adequate use of its takeoff and landing slots, it may lose them at crowded airports.

Due to staffing concerns, the FAA extended the minimum flight requirements at airports in the New York City area through October. Last month, major airlines requested an extension of these restrictions through October 2025.

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