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Record Number of Travelers Predicted For Holiday Weekend

top story photo TSA projects that a record 243 million airline passengers and crew members will pass through security checkpoints nationwide between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Last summer, TSA screened more than 239 million passengers and crew during the same period, which included four of the top 10 busiest days in the agency's history. To support this surge, TSA said it began planning earlier this year with airline and airport partners to increase screening capabilities. The agency also has increased its checkpoint staff by more than 600 officers since the beginning of the year and expects to increase by another 1,000 officers before the peak of this year's summer travel season. Additionally, the agency said it would have 50 more canine teams operational this summer.

In other news, TSA announced the expansion of its TSA PreCheck expedited screening program to include British Airways. The announcement brings the number of airlines participating in PreCheck to 53 domestic and international carriers.

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