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Two Virginia airports set records on the Sunday after Thanksgiving

Local Press Release
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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ARLINGTON, VA —  The Transportation Security Administration teams at Washington Dulles International Airport and Richmond International Airport each set records for the most passengers and crew members screened in a single day at their respective terminals on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Dec.1).

Nationwide, TSA screened a record-breaking number of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday, screening more than 26 million passengers and crew members during the holiday travel period, from Friday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Dec. 2. On the busiest day, Dec. 1, more than 2.8 million travelers passed through TSA security checkpoints nationwide, and with 2,870,764 travelers screened, it marked the busiest day ever in the 18-year history of the agency.

At Washington Dulles International Airport, TSA officers screened 38,193 individuals at the airport checkpoints on Dec. 1. The previous record was 38,002 passengers screened on June 23, 2019.

At Richmond International Airport, TSA officers screened 9,131 travelers on Dec. 1. The previous record was 9,048 screened on April 7, 2006.

Prior to the Thanksgiving travel period, TSA reminded passengers to pack smart and use TSA tools like the MyTSA app or use the “What can I bring?” on; to obtain or renew TSA Pre✓® membership; and to be aware of the upcoming deadline for REAL ID enforcement beginning Oct. 1, 2020.