As spring break gets underway, airport traffic surges
14th March 2022

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Airports nationwide are facing a surge in traffic as spring break gets underway. 

On Friday, close to 2.3 million people were screened at airport security checkpoints across the nation, according to TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein.  

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That is the highest checkpoint volume since the Sunday after Thanksgiving when TSA screened over 2.4 million people.

Friday's figure is also nearing pre-pandemic levels. On March 11, 2019, checkpoint volume notched just above 2.6 million, according to TSA's checkpoint data. 

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The surge in traffic isn't surprising though. The TSA has already projected that there would be an increased volume throughout all of March, surpassing 90% of pre-pandemic levels.  

Main terminal of Denver International Airport on Aug. 24, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (AP Photo/David Zalubowski / AP Newsroom)

"TSA’s collaboration with industry and federal partners has been instrumental throughout this pandemic, and now we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel as demonstrated by the rapid recovery of the travel industry," said TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement.

Pekoske said the TSA has been deploying "new technologies within the checkpoint that enhance security, reduce physical contact and improve the traveling experience" as the busy season gets underway. 

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