By Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
The number of airline passengers approaching a record this Friday before the Fourth of July holiday, said the head of the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday.
Airlines predict a record number of travelers this summer, 246 million people fly from June 1 to August 31. TSA Administrator David Pekoske's agency usually handles around 2.2 million passengers a day, but could make 2.6 million on Friday. The busiest day since the founding of the TSA in 2001 has screened 2.7 million travelers.
And TSA has tightened security since last summer, with greater control for laptops and other electronics and a new focus on more attention to powder.
TSA coordinates with "We expect this coming Friday to be possibly one of the busiest days ever in TSA history in terms of passenger traffic that has ever been strongest," Pekoske said. "We do that while we're at the same time increase security. "
While the TSA has been tightening screening of powders at domestic airports for months, the standards are being applied to international flights to the US USA starting on Saturday
The TSA recommends containers with a content in excess of 350 milliliters or so big as a can of soda packed in checked sacks. Baby food, for example, is allowed in carry-on luggage. But if a Checkpoint officer can not figure out what the powder is in a carry-on, the passenger might be forced to discard it at the checkpoint to board.
"We need to find out what this powder is at the checkpoint," Pekoske said.
He urged travelers with questions about what they can bring on flights to check TSA.gov or to tweet at @AskTSA where employees answer questions.
Pekoske promoted Precheck, an accelerated program whereby travelers who receive a background check and pay $ 85 for five years can keep their jackets and shoes at checkpoints and leave laptops and small containers of liquids in carry-on luggage.
Enrollment The program could potentially be merged with Global Entry, a Customs and Border Protection program that speeds up screening for international flights and includes pre-check for domestic flights. But Pekoske said that a merger is probably more than a year old.
"We're trying to make it a little easier, a bit easier," he said.
Since Memorial Day, Pekoske has said that travel screening has gone well. More than 99 percent of precheck travelers wait less than 1
"This total value is safe within our standards," said Pekoske
He said, "We are collectively ready between the TSA, airports and airlines for our predicted passenger traffic" (19659018). Pekoske said.