TSA Breaks Records With Over 3M People Screened In A Single Day

As Long Lines In Airports Rise, TSA Struggles To Cut Waiting Times
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 16: Passengers at O'Hare International Airport wait in line to be screened at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint on May 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Waiting times at the checkpoints today have been reported to be as long 2 hours. The long lines have been blamed for flight delays and a large number of passengers missing flights completely. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

OAN’s Abril Elfi
11:22 AM – Monday, July 8, 2024

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has broken screening records, with the most people being scanned in a single day. 


On Sunday, over 3 million travelers went through TSA screenings. 

“Yesterday, for the first time since its founding in November 2001, Transportation Security Administration officers screened more than three million travelers on a single day at airports across the country. It was an extraordinary achievement: TSA fully, unerringly, and efficiently checked 35 passengers every second, along with all their luggage and carry-on baggage, while demonstrating unwavering professionalism and respect for travelers during the intensely busy holiday weekend,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

Meanwhile, Mayorkas utilized the statistics of the record to push Congress to permanently ensure “pay fairness.”

“It is the smart thing to do for everyone who depends on TSA to keep our skies and our country safe, and it is the right thing to do for these great public servants,” Mayorkas said.

The new record comes just weeks after TSA set a new peak just below 3 million on June 23rd

Last month, officials reported that the San Antonio International Airport was experiencing a “record-breaking summer” due to added nonstop flights.

Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, TSA had anticipated screenings of 32 million people between June 27th and July 8th.

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