NBC News reported Sunday:
The Transportation Security Administration screened 2,490,490 passengers through airport security checkpoints on Friday, which is the largest number of travelers since February 11th, 2020 which was when the agency checked greater than 2.5 million people, the spokesperson for the agency Lisa Farbstein tweeted on Saturday.
On the same day, 464 U.S. domestic and international flights were canceled, and more than 6,600 of them were delayed, according to flight tracker FlightAware who notes that these flights comprised 28.8 percent of all scheduled flights.
A plethora of flights were canceled over the weekend, and on Monday, as increasing numbers of Americans are getting ready to travel as per News.
“The massive cancelation numbers come as the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that 3.5 million Americans will be traveling over the holiday weekend,” the publication said and added that airlines blamed the cancellations on airline and pilot staff shortages as well as the absence of air traffic control.
CBS New York reported Friday that thousands of flights were delayed ahead of the July 4 holiday, and one person who was a passenger told the publication her thoughts regarding the matter.
“I just would like to leave this place. I'm sure I've been through enough. I believe that everyone has been through enough. I don't believe that the price is important at the moment, I think that people simply want to escape,” she told me.
According to an NBC article, nearly 930 flights in, from, or out of America were delayed in the early hours of Sunday and more than 200 flights were also canceled.
“Fifty-three flights within, into, or out of the U.S. have already been canceled for July 4 as of Sunday morning, according to FlightAware,” the publication said.
Additionally, one-third of Americans altered their plans for the 4th of July because of the high cost of gas, according the Emerson College Poll posted Friday.
“The survey, taken June 28-29 among 1,271 registered voters, found that 33 percent have actively changed their travel plans this holiday weekend due to consistently high gas prices,” News said.