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TSA sets new single-day record with more than 3 million travelers at airport security



TSA sets new single-day record with more than 3 million travelers at airport security

The high volume of travelers in the United States passing through airport security after their Fourth of July getaways helped set a new single-day screening record for the Transportation Security Administration.

On Sunday, July 7, TSA officers screened 3,013,413 people at checkpoints nationwide, which surpassed the previous record of 2.99 million set on June 23, 2024, the agency announced Monday.

TSA agents deals rush of holiday travelers at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Dec. 21, 2023.

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More people flew on an airplane in a single day in the U.S. on Sunday than on any other day in history since TSA was founded in November 2001.

Passengers arrive at security gates of La Guardia airport during Memorial weekend in the Queens borough of New York City, May 24, 2024.

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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas hailed the agency’s work as “an extraordinary achievement” in a congratulatory message on Monday.

Passengers wait in the Transportation Security Administration screening line at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, FL, Dec. 22, 2023.

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“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,” he said. “Congratulations to the entire TSA workforce and Administrator David Pekoske.”

Travelers wait in the line to check in for flights at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Nov. 22, 2023.

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As air travel continues to skyrocket at “record-breaking” rates, which Mayorkas said is “expected to continue in the months ahead,” he urged lawmakers to consider the compensation of its agents.

Travelers go through a security screening at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA, June 28, 2024.

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“… It is imperative that Congress ensure pay fairness for TSA permanently,” he said. “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.”

He added that “for decades, TSA officers received less pay for their service than their government counterparts did,” citing that last year in partnership with Congress, DHS “secured long-overdue pay fairness” which he said has helped cut TSA workforce attrition in half, as well as increased recruitment rates, along with “improved morale and job satisfaction across the agency.”

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