For the primary time since COVID-19 introduced air journey to a standstill, the variety of individuals streaming via U.S. airport-security checkpoints over a vacation weekend exceeded pre-pandemic ranges.

The summer time journey season ended on a busy be aware as greater than 8.7 million individuals handed via safety within the final 4 days, topping the Labor Day weekend of 2019.

That could be a first for a vacation weekend, the Transportation Safety Administration mentioned Tuesday.

The busiest day was Friday, when TSA screened 2.48 million vacationers.

After a problem-plagued begin to the summer time, vacationers encountered comparatively few disruptions.

Airways canceled about 640 U.S. flights between Friday and Monday, 0.6% of the entire, in accordance with monitoring service FlightAware. That’s lower than one-third the cancellation fee between June 1 and Labor Day. Delays have been down too.

TSA mentioned screeners discovered 67 weapons in passenger luggage between Friday and Monday – very near the common of 17.3 per day this yr. The company mentioned if that fee continues, 2022 will break final yr’s document of 5,972 weapons found at checkpoints.

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