TSA reports 8 back-to-back days of screening over 2 million travelers amid holiday travel rush

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has screened more than 2 million travelers daily at airport security checkpoints for eight consecutive days as many travel during the winter holidays.

On Thursday, TSA officers screened more than 2.3 million people at checkpoints, according to passenger volume data released by the agency. That number is about 7% higher than it was on the same date last year. The day before, they watched over 2.4 million, the data showed.

For Monday and Tuesday, TSA checkpoint travel numbers were about 2.26 million and nearly 2.2 million, respectively.

Volumes since December 15th have all been above 2 million per day.

Top travel days

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Passengers wait in line to check in for their flights, some facing cancellations, at the Delta terminal at Laguardia Airport, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews/AP Images)

HOLIDAY FLIGHT TIPS FROM TSA

The TSA said earlier this week that for holiday travel, it expected Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 30 to be the busiest days. In mid-December, AAA had estimated that between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, about 112.7 million people would travel at least 50 miles from their homes, including nearly 7.2 million by air.

The TSA predicted holiday flight volumes would be “close to pre-pandemic levels.”

TSA travel tips

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Travelers roll bags past the TSA screening line in Terminal B at Logan International Airport, Mon., Nov. 21, 2022, in Boston. Travel experts say many people’s ability to work remotely means they can leave early for Thanksgiving or r (AP Photo/Charles Krupa/AP Newsroom)

The Transportation Safety Board recently released holiday travel tips. Advice includes not bringing firearms and other prohibited items into checkpoints, keeping gifts unwrapped so they can be inspected, and carrying acceptable ID.

“Fully wrapped gifts may need to be opened if deemed necessary by a TSA officer. Instead, consider placing your unwrapped gifts in your checked bag,” TSA said.

The agency added: “At many airport checkpoints, the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) may ask you to insert your physical ID into one of our new Credential Authentication Technology devices. Residents of Arizona, Colorado and Maryland can even use their Apple mobile device to store their ID in Apple Wallet and use their mobile device in certain TSA PreCheck lanes at participating airports.”

WINTER STORM LEAVES OVER 1 MILLION WITHOUT POWER AHEAD OF HOLIDAYS

A winter storm stretching from the Plains to the East Coast has caused headaches for many fliers as they try to travel for the holidays.

Flight disruptions

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Travelers line up at a TSA checkpoint at Miami International Airport on December 19, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Miami International Airport expects a busy winter travel season this year, with 2.5 million passengers expected as of December. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Getty Images)

FLIGHT CANCELLATION: KNOW YOUR AIRLINE’S POLICIES AND BEST OPTIONS

As of 2:55 p.m. Eastern, more than 6,200 flights within, into or out of the United States have been delayed on Friday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. At the same time, over 4,600 have been cancelled.

On Thursday, more than 10,000 flights in the United States saw delays and over 2,500 were canceled, per FlightAware.

Joe Toppe contributed to this report.

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