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TSA Confirms Record Holiday Air Travel

July 4, 2021 • 8:34 am CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration welcome the traveling public back to the nation’s transportation systems. As of July 4, 2021, the TSA's new data indicates U.S. travelers exceeded the pre-COVID-19 pandemic volume in 2019.

Since July 1, 2021, the TSA airport screening services have averaged over 2.1 million travelers.

“It’s heartening to see the country taking to travel again and traveling to enjoy the weekend and celebrate our nation’s independence,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in a press statement issued on July 1, 2021.

“We continue to remind passengers to pack their patience and remain calm through the security checkpoint and onboard aircraft. TSA will not tolerate aggressive actions toward our officers; please help us make travel safe, secure, and pleasant on this holiday weekend.”

The U.S. government's federal face mask mandate remains in effect on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. However, face masks are not required in outdoor conveyances (if such outdoor areas exist on the conveyance) or while outdoors at transportation hubs, says the TSA.

Some helpful reminders for the TSA checkpoint include, but are not limited to:

  • Arrive early. TSA expects to see the increasing summer travel volumes continue to rise into the holiday weekend. Although nationally, our travel volume remains around 75% of pre-pandemic levels, some airports around the country have already surpassed volumes from 2019. Therefore, please arrive at the airport in plenty of time for ticketing, checking baggage, security screening, etc.
  • Enroll now in TSA PreCheck® to “Travel with Ease.” By enrolling in TSA PreCheck, airline passengers can avoid removing shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops, and light jackets at the TSA checkpoint. Most new enrollees receive their known traveler number within five days, and membership lasts for five years.

Passengers with questions about checkpoint procedures and how to prepare for TSA security screening or need additional assistance during the security screening process should contact TSA Cares in advance of their travel: (855) 787-2227 (Federal Relay 711). 

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