The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is anticipating a record number of travelers during the extended Labor Day holiday weekend, which spans from September 1 to September 6. TSA expects to screen over 14 million passengers, with September 1 projected as the busiest day, accounting for more than 2.7 million travelers passing through security checkpoints.
During the summer travel period, TSA has already screened approximately 227.5 million passengers since Memorial Day weekend. This average of 2.5 million passengers per day exceeds the travel volume of 2019, making it the busiest summer on record.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske stated, “We anticipate a busy Labor Day holiday weekend, with passenger volumes expected to be nearly 11% higher than last year’s numbers. These volumes have already surpassed the travel volumes seen during the 2019 Labor Day holiday period.” Pekoske also cautioned that the increase in travel volume during the holiday weekend may result in longer wait times at airports.
Airline bookings have remained robust in August, with higher sales volume offsetting lower fares. Corporate travel has reached around 75% of pre-pandemic levels, while leisure travel has exceeded those levels. However, industry analysts have expressed some caution for the latter half of the year, as pullbacks in consumer discretionary spending may affect the travel and leisure sector.