(WWLP) – As the summer travel season came to an end over the Labor Day weekend, the nation has seen a rise in travelers. For the first time, the amount of travelers this year is slightly higher than in the pre-pandemic year, 2019.
In 2019, there were only 8.24 million passengers and a total of 8.76 million travelers between last Friday and Monday, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Friday was the heaviest travel day with 2.48 million passengers.
With the holiday season approaching, many people are worried about what may be to come. It is recommended to book your flight well ahead of time, get to the airport early and apply for TSA precheck.
“Yeah and the apps are very helpful if you can download your boarding pass, then they’ll also text you alerts if there are changes so you’re not necessarily having to just sit at your gate,” said Nicole Alexander, Head Athletic Trainor for the Connecticut Sun.
“Get to the airport in plenty of time because you’re much better off drinking overpriced Coke on the other side of security then you are standing in line panicking for your flight,” said Tony Kay of Georgia.
Flights are being cancelled and delayed just as a record number of travelers are planning and taking flights at the airport causing frustration for everyone. The U.S. Department of Transportation has created a dashboard that shares easy access to information about U.S. airlines to get rid of passenger inconveniences during a flight cancellation or delay.
“This year compared to years before, we’ve had in the first month of the season, we had more cancellations then in the previous three years,” said Analisse Rios, Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Connecticut Sun.
In addition to the higher amount of travelers, there was also a record number of guns seized. TSA collected 67 firearms over the weekend to avoid them from entering any aircraft passenger cabins. The TSA indicates that if this continues at a steady rate could change the nation’s checkpoint recent full year-record of 5,972 firearms. The number of firearms TSA has already collected at checkpoints is 4,312.
“TSA’s highly trained and dedicated workforce facilitated secure travel for millions of passengers during the busy summer travel season with very little disruptions at the checkpoint,” said TSA Acting Administrator David Pekoske. “We were also able to continue the deployment of new technologies that facilitate stronger identity verification procedures and enhanced security screening for carry-on bags.”