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TSA Records Busiest Air Travel Day in US History

PressReach - Wed Nov 29, 2023

Airlines just survived their busiest travel season in US history, with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reporting a record-high screening of 2.9 million passengers on Sunday alone. 

American Airlines announced an all-time high of approximately 6.5 million passengers during the Thanksgiving period, and its busiest day on Sunday, with over 6,100 flights. 

United Airlines also saw a record-breaking number of travelers, with 3.2 million flying between November 17 and November 23, leading up to Thanksgiving.

The record travel day happened in spite of a cross-country storm that delayed over 900 flights at the busy Chicago O’Hare International Airport. In total, there were 7,939 delays within, into, or out of the US on Sunday. Fortunately, only 55 flights were canceled, three of which were out of O’Hare.

This busy travel day could become the new norm as passengers return to the skies en masse. 

“In 2023, we have already seen seven of the top 10 busiest travel days in TSA’s history,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

Pekoske said the TSA would be collaborating closely with airline and airport partners leading up to the holiday season, with a goal to maintain wait time standards of under 10 minutes for TSA PreCheck® lanes and under 30 minutes for standard screening lanes.

Last week, US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg mentioned efforts to enhance readiness for heightened holiday travel, including the recruitment of additional air traffic controllers and the establishment of new air routes along the East Coast. 

Travel last year rebounded to 2019 levels, but it was marred by weather and staffing challenges, resulting in dissatisfaction and stranded travelers during the holidays.

This year, even more travelers means inevitably longer lineups at security checkpoints and longer wait times at major hubs, a problem that has been getting consistently worse as travel returns to pre-pandemic highs. 

Fortunately, AI security tech company Liberty Defense Holdings (TSXV:SCAN) (OTCQB:LDDFF) has started implementing its HEXWAVE™ system in airports across North America to greatly improve security screening for both passengers and staff.

A Fast, Contactless Screening 

Liberty Defense’s HEXWAVE™ system uses a combination of AI, electromagnetic waves, and 3D imaging to effectively scan and identify potentially hazardous items, such as metal, 3D-printed plastic guns, powders, and liquids. The process is remarkably swift, requiring employees to pass through a contactless walkthrough portal without having to remove their keys or cell phones.

Liberty Defense has also recently acquired licenses for millimeter wave-based High-Definition Advanced Imaging Technology (HD-AIT) body scanners and shoe scanner technologies, expanding its technology portfolio.

Liberty Defense has successfully delivered a HEXWAVE™ system to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), marking the completion of the contract under the TSA’s On-Person Screening Capability Program for screening Aviation Workers.

“Over the past several months, we have been working closely with major US airports, including LAX, Denver, Oakland, and others on enhancing employee screening to reduce the potential of an insider threat,” said Bill Frain, Liberty CEO. “The focus of the program is to improve the detection for a broader range of threats while also improving the throughput for a practical and efficient process. A significant number of airports will be required to improve their screening process over the next several months. We look forward to supporting the initiative and making it a seamless transition.”

Given the TSA’s directive to implement screening measures for aviation workers, airports need technologies that offer a comprehensive range of threat detection capabilities to meet current screening requirements and those anticipated in the future. Liberty Defense’s superior security detection solutions are thus of great help in this matter.

On November XX, Liberty Defense Holdings (TSXV:SCAN) (OTCQB:LDDFF)became a recipient of the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award from American Security Today (AST) for its HEXWAVE™ solution. The ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program honors outstanding government and vendor solutions that offer significant value and intelligence in government, homeland security, and public safety sectors.

Click here for more information about Liberty Defense (TSXV:SCAN) (OTCQB:LDDFF).

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