TSA marks busiest summer ever with 239M passengers screened

Four days broke into TSA’s top 10 list of busiest days in its history
National Press Release
Thursday, October 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had the busiest summer in its history, screening approximately 239 million passengers and crew members at TSA checkpoints nationwide from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Of these, 99.9 percent of passengers waited less than 30 minutes in checkpoint lines with 99.6 percent of TSA Pre✓® passengers waiting less than 10 minutes.

From the Wednesday before Memorial Day to the Tuesday following Labor Day, TSA screened 239,511,319 passengers and crew members, averaging 2.28 million travelers per day. There were 92 days that checkpoint volume surpassed 2 million and 35 days that surpassed 2.4 million. The highest volume day was June 30, which was the Friday before the Independence Day weekend, when 2.64 million travelers were screened.

Four days this summer broke into TSA’s top 10 list of busiest days in the agency’s history. Most of the top 10 busiest days came immediately before or following a national holiday such as Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. (See chart below).

“It is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the TSA workforce as well as the increased traveler participation in TSA Pre✓® and Global Entry programs that we were able to effectively screen a record number of passengers in such an efficient manner this summer,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “I applaud TSA employees for their dedication to creating a better agency and thank them for all they do to protect our homeland. I appreciate and value our strong partnerships with the airline industry, airports and local law enforcement.”  

TSA’s top 10 list of busiest days screening passengers at checkpoints nationwide

Rank Date Passengers + Crew Screened Circumstances
1 Nov. 28, 2004 2,713,864 Sunday after Thanksgiving
2 Nov. 19, 2004 2,652,347 Friday of the week before Thanksgiving
3 June 30, 2017 2,647,852 Friday of the Fourth of July Weekend
4 Nov. 29, 2004 2,642,566 Monday after Thanksgiving
5 Nov. 5, 2004 2,569,252 Friday
6 June 29, 2017 2,540,110 Thursday before the Fourth of July Weekend
7 July 1, 2005 2,534,052 Friday of the Fourth of July Weekend
8 May 26, 2017 2,530,310 Friday of Memorial Day Weekend
9 July 21, 2017 2,527,816 Friday
10 June 30, 2005 2,510,037 Thursday before the Fourth of July Weekend