Thousands of travelers jam Sea-Tac as TSA readies for busiest day ever
SEATAC, Wash. - Thousands of travelers are jamming Sea-Tac Airport on what could be the busiest day ever for air travel in the United States.
The Transportation Security Administration is warning flyers to brace for long lines as they try to get out of town ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.
Lines are moving, but Sea-Tac and other airports around the nation are very busy.
The reasons for the jam-packed conditions are the steady increase in air travelers every year and the extra holiday crush of passengers.
According to the TSA, on a typical day they screen about 2.2 million passengers across the country. But on Friday they are bracing for up to 2.6 million passengers.
The record for most travelers in one day was 2.7 million back in November 2004.
Flyers at Sea-Tac Airport told KOMO News they are not taking any chances with missing their flights.
"I mean it's stressful, but it's understood that people want to go and enjoy their holiday," one harried traveler told KOMO News. "I just hope the airports across the country can have some things in place for that."
Sea-Tac officials are telling people to arrive at the airport two hours early for a U.S. flight - and three hours if they are flying out of the country.
That might sound like a lot of time, but it includes everything from parking your car, to checking in, and of course the security screening lines, which could take 45 minutes or even longer.