In the latest proof that the U.S. economy is on the rebound, Americans headed to airports in record numbers last month and set a new high for TSA security checks.
The Transportation Security Administration told Secrets that 72 million were screened at checkpoints last month.
"July 2017 was TSA's highest volume month on record in TSA's history, with 72,117,046 passengers and crew screened at checkpoints nationwide," said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.
That is an average of 2.3 million checks a day and includes TSA prechecks.
And it followed a record setting June. During one week that month, TSA officers screened 17 million, or 2.5 million a day.
"Securing the travel of millions of passengers daily remains our top priority," then-TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia said at the time. "TSA takes many security measures, seen and unseen, while working closely with industry partners such as airlines and airports to enhance the traveling experience and ensure every passenger arrives to their destination safely."
The agency swore in its newest director Thursday, David Pekoske.
The crush at the airports began earlier this year and is expected to continue to break records. According to one report, commercial airlines reported a record 80 percent "load factor," and a 12-year high in traffic growth.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org