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Pandemics Busiest Airport Travel Weekend Met With Chaos
Pandemic's Busiest Airport Travel Weekend Met With Chaos And 'Extremely High' Volume Amid Worker Shortages And Flight Cuts

TOPLINE The start of summer travel season has ushered in what's on track to be the busiest weekend for airports since the pandemic tanked travel demand last year, and while the number of airline passengers could remain well below pre-Covid levels for years to come, worker shortages, flight cuts and an influx of unruly passengers are already pointing to a very rocky recovery ahead for U.S. airlines.

The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 4.1 million passengers Friday and Saturday, nearly four times the throughput one year earlier and marking the busiest start to a weekend since March 2020.

"We’re seeing extremely high volume at BNA this morning," Nashville's international airport—one of several struggling with the surge in passengers—warned travelers Sunday, asking them to arrive at least two hours before their flight during the busier-than-expected summer travel season. สล็อต ฝาก-ถอน true wallet

The big travel weekend comes just days after American Airlines announced it would cancel nearly 1,000 flights through mid-July as a way to help ease the pressure of labor shortages across the industry (with airports and the TSA among those also facing worker shortfalls) amid increasing customer demand.

Allied Pilots Association Spokesperson Dennis Tajer told Dallas Morning News the airline “may have bitten off more than [it] could chew” with its busy summer travel schedule after laying off more than 30,000 employees last year and warning of another 13,000 possible layoffs in February.

The record-setting travel and higher airport wait times have also coincided with an unprecedented rise in unruly passengers, with a man, for example, getting into an altercation on board a flight in Los Angeles Friday and then jumping off the moving airplane.

“The first few weeks of June have brought unprecedented weather to our largest hubs, heavily impacting our operation and causing delays, canceled flights and disruptions to crew member schedules and our customers’ plans," an American spokesperson said in a statement last week.
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