The TSA Screened More Than 17 Million Passengers Last Week
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It should come as no surprise that this past holiday weekend was a busy one for travelers, whether hitting the road or the skies. What might surprise you, however, is that the week leading up to the holiday was the busiest ever at TSA checkpoints.
According to TSA Public Affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein, the TSA screened more passengers than any other period of the same duration from June 25 to July 1. In fact, the agency screened more than 17 million passengers at its checkpoints.
The staggering number is a nice reminder of the value in having TSA PreCheck. Surely at some point last with with the record number of passengers screened, lines drew to be incredibly long. PreCheck can help you to bypass the "regular" security lane, with expedited access that doesn't require you to take off your shoes or remove laptops from your bag.
As a reminder, there are several cards that come with a PreCheck and Global Entry fee credit. If you use the credit toward a $100 Global Entry membership, you'll get both expedited access to the US when returning from abroad and access to the PreCheck lanes. Cards that offer the fee credit include the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, The Platinum Card from American Express and more.