TSA says near pre-pandemic travel volumes expected to continue through December

TSA advises travelers to sign up for TSA PreCheck to save time at the airport

Transportation Security Administration agents screened just under 21 million travelers at airports over the Thanksgiving holiday, and it’s looking like that volume will continue through the end of the year.

"We see a strengthening in the airline industry toward pre-pandemic levels, and our goal is to ensure you as the passenger have a safe and secure flight," TSA Administrator David Pekoske said. "We work hard with our airport and airline partners to achieve this by ensuring screening operations meet the upcoming demand."

The TSA also advises travelers to sign up for TSA PreCheck to save time at the airport.

Members of that program don’t have to remove shoes, belts, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops or light jackets.

In November, the TSA said 94% of TSA PreCheck members waited about five minutes to get through security.

Anyone heading to the airport this holiday season are reminded that it will likely be busy. Try to avoid airport "rush hours," which are typically between 5-7 a.m. or 4-6 p.m.

The TSA also advises travelers to arrive at the airport early to check in and get through security.

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