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TSA estimating record 46 million people will fly over Christmas/New Year Holiday

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is projecting that a recordbreaking 46 million people will fly over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

The number is up 5% over 2017’s holiday season and ranges from Thursday, December 19 to January 6, 2019.

According to CEO of Airlines for America Nick Calio, the 5% increase will add an additional 126,000 passengers per day. The daily average is expected to hover around 2.5 million people.

The lighest travel days are traditionally Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and January 5th with the busiest days being Thursday, December 20th and December 26th.

With a daily average of more than 2.5 million people flying, those with the very most

The busiest Christmas on record follows the busiest Thanksgiving on record, which has airlines and the TSA on alert to move passengers as quickly as possible to maintain schedules.
“This holiday season, we are expecting passenger volumes at airports to again be at record highs,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said. “We ask passengers to arrive earlier than usual, don’t overpack carry-ons, be prepared to divest items at security checkpoints, listen to advisements from our officers, and most importantly – patience and understanding go a long way.”


Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for

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