TSA at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport screened record number of passengers in July

Local Press Release
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

HOUSTON –The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) airports set new records for the number of passengers screened in July. IAH screened more than 1.44 million passengers and crew, making it the busiest month there since TSA’s inception. HOU screened nearly 468,000 passengers and crew in July, breaking the previous records of more than 456,000 set this June and nearly 446,000 set in June 2016.

“Not only was July our highest volume month ever, but June was also extremely busy,” said TSA IAH Federal Security Director Gerry Phelan. “This is shaping up to be the busiest summer travel season on record, and our Transportation Security officers have done an excellent job of continuing to provide both top-notch security and exceptional customer service. We’re also grateful for our strong partnership with the airport and airlines here at IAH.”

According to TSA HOU Federal Security Director Hector Vela, “I appreciate the great team we have at HOU, and we look forward to continuing to screen the increasing number of passengers professionally and efficiently.”

Nationwide, TSA also set a record, screening 72,117,046 passengers and crew at airports in July, breaking the previous record of 69,985,052 set in June of this year.

For June and July 2017, TSA screened an average of 2.33 million passengers and crew per day, with 99.9 percent waiting 30 minutes or less in standard screening lanes. More than 99.6 percent of TSA Pre✓® passengers waited less than five minutes to go through security checkpoints.

During that same 61-day stretch, there were 58 days in which passenger volume surpassed 2 million, and 25 days in which passenger volume surpassed 2.4 million.

So far this summer, the lowest passenger volume day was 1.88 million (July 4), and the highest number of passengers screened in one day was 2.65 million (June 30).

The months of May, June and July 2017 all fall into the top ten list of the most passengers and crew members screened in TSA’s history.


Total Passengers and Crew screened

July 2017


June 2017


July 2016


July 2005


June 2016


July 2007


May 2017


August 2016


July 2015


July 2006