For the primary time since COVID-19 introduced air journey to a standstill, the variety of folks streaming via U.S. airport-security checkpoints over a vacation weekend exceeded pre-pandemic ranges.
The summer season journey season ended on a busy word as greater than 8.7 million folks handed via safety within the final 4 days, topping the Labor Day weekend of 2019.
That could be a first for a vacation weekend, the Transportation Safety Administration mentioned Tuesday.
The busiest day was Friday, when TSA screened 2.48 million vacationers.
After a problem-plagued begin to the summer season, vacationers encountered comparatively few disruptions.
Airways canceled about 640 U.S. flights between Friday and Monday, 0.6% of the entire, in line with monitoring service FlightAware. That’s lower than one-third the cancellation price between June 1 and Labor Day. Delays have been down too.
TSA mentioned screeners discovered 67 weapons in passenger luggage between Friday and Monday — very near the typical of 17.3 per day this yr. The company mentioned if that price continues, 2022 will break final yr’s file of 5,972 weapons found at checkpoints.
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