Memorial Day weekend begins with highest number of travelers at US airports since 2019

Even more passengers could travel on Friday.

May 26, 2023, 8:32 AM

With Memorial Day weekend travel underway, U.S. airports recorded the highest number of passengers on Thursday since before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 2,658,057 people at checkpoints across the country on Thursday, the highest daily number since 2019.

Even more passengers could be screened on Friday.

PHOTO: Passengers arrive at LaGuardia Airport, as the Memorial holiday weekend signals the unofficial start of the summer travel season, May 25, 2023, in New York.
Passengers arrive at LaGuardia Airport, as the Memorial holiday weekend signals the unofficial start of the summer travel season, May 25, 2023, in New York.
Bebeto Matthews/AP

According to AAA, airports could see the busiest Memorial Day weekend since 2005.

Nearly 3.4 million people are expected to take to the skies over the holiday, up 11% from 2022 and 5.4% from 2019, according to AAA.

PHOTO: A person walks by the ticketing lobby at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on May 25, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C., as the summer travel season begins.
A person walks by the ticketing lobby at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on May 25, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C., as the summer travel season begins.
Erik Verduzco/AP
PHOTO: Travelers move through a security checkpoint in Denver International Airport as the summer travel season kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2023, in Denver.
Travelers move through a security checkpoint in Denver International Airport as the summer travel season kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2023, in Denver.
David Zalubowski/AP

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