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TSA has busiest day ever over Thanksgiving



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  • 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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Here’s are the top ten travel days since TSA was established
shortly after September 11, 2001.

TSA busiest days ever

“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 travelers enrolled in TSA
Pre, TSA used every tool to secure air travel for
the millions of passengers traveling to their holiday

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