- The Thanksgiving travel pattern has extended to a week before the holiday
- The TSA is telling us now to get yourself together because record air traveling is expected
- As a bonus they’ve shared the top 10 busiest travel days ever
If your Thanksgiving plans aren’t set in stone yet and you have some distance to travel, you’ll need to get to it. Something to keep in mind is that holiday patterns have changed recently. People are heading out a week early to see family and friends, not the day before as we have done for decades.
That’s why the TSA has come out with an advisory that strongly nudges us into thinking the week leading up to the holiday could be the busiest ever. Air travel alone jumped last year and is expected to be up by seven-percent this year. Be prepared for long security lines and delays. The busiest travel days next week will be Tuesday and Wednesday with the Sunday after Turkey Day being a possible record breaker.
To give you an idea of how jam packed the airways will be, the TSA is sharing the top 10 busiest flying days ever by passengers screened.
- November 28, 2004, Sunday after Thanksgiving: 2,713,864
- November 19, 2004, Friday before Thanksgiving: 2,652,347
- June 30, 2017, Friday of the Fourth of July Weekend: 2,647,852
- November 29, 2004, Monday after Thanksgiving: 2,642,566
- November 26, 2017, Sunday after Thanksgiving: 2,609,372
- November 5, 2004: 2,569,252
- June 29, 2017, Thursday before the Fourth of July Weekend: 2,540,110
- July 1, 2005, Friday of the Fourth of July Weekend: 2,534,052
- May 26, 2017, Friday of Memorial Day Weekend: 2,530,310
- July 21, 2017: 2,527,816