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2023 Holiday Travel Season Will Be ‘Busiest Ever,’ TSA Predicts

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The Transportation Security Administration announced Monday that it expects the upcoming holiday travel season to be “the busiest ever.”

The statement comes after the TSA recorded seven of the ten highest volume travel days in its history so far in 2023, with the 2,884,783 passengers on June 30 being the highest number on record.

“We expect this holiday season to be our busiest ever,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement. “We are prepared to meet anticipated volumes and are working closely with our airline and airport partners to ensure we are ready for this busy holiday travel period.”

The TSA says the holiday season begins with a Thanksgiving travel period between next Friday, November 17 and ends on Tuesday, November 28.


“During this 12-day period, TSA expects to screen 30 million passengers. Historically, the three busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following,” the statement added. “TSA expects to screen 2.6 million passengers on Tuesday, November 21; 2.7 million passengers on Wednesday, November 22, and 2.9 million passengers on Sunday, November 26, which will likely be the busiest travel day. ”

Pekoske said the agency will do its best to “keep wait time standards below 10 minutes for TSA PreCheck lanes and below 30 minutes for standard screening lanes.”

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Before this year’s June 30 record, the last time TSA processed more than 2.88 million passengers in a single day was December 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.

The last highest volume day was Oct. 15, when 2,797,326 passengers were processed, representing the fifth highest volume of all time, according to TSA data.

Teleprinter Security Last Change Change %
AAL AMERICAN AIR GROUP INC. 11:80 a.m. +0.05 +0.43%
DAL DELTA AIRLINES INC. 34.06 +0.58 +1.73%
LUV SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO. 23.16 -0.19 -0.81%

AAA also said Monday that it expects 55.4 million people to travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving travel period between Wednesday, November 22 and Sunday, November 26.

“Travel volume this year reflects a 2.3 percent increase from last year and is the third largest Thanksgiving travel since AAA began tracking it in 2000,” he said. he indicates.

To help travelers get through security and where they need to be, TSA recommends “packing smart” and starting with empty bags to reduce the likelihood of bringing a prohibited item to the point. control.


It is also a good idea to have your ID ready when you enter the screening lane and arrive two hours before your plane departs to allow enough time to be processed by officers.

FOX Business’ Jake Gibson, Marc Smith and Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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