The summer of 2018 is going to be a big period for travel in the United States. It is estimated that close to 250 million travelers will take to the skies between June 1 and Aug. 31. This means that airlines need to prepare to welcome these travelers and take measures to ensure that everybody gets to where they're going safely.
The expected travel numbers for the summer of 2018 are especially impressive when you consider that the summer of 2017 broke records in the airline industry. The number of travelers getting away via airplane this summer is expected to increase by 3.7 percent compared to 2017's numbers. The demand for air travel this summer is likely owed to a stronger American economy and the availability of low airfare rates.
How do airlines plan to deal with increased demand for air travel this summer? Many airlines are increasing capacity from June through August. A group called Airlines for America is reporting that domestic airlines plan to offer 116,000 extra seats per day during the summer.
It's not just airlines that need to brace for an influx of travelers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also gearing up to handle a large number of travelers at airports around the United States this summer. TSA officials can expect to handle as many as 2.6 million passengers per day during this year's summer travel period. The TSA is hoping to avoid congestion at checkpoints by placing an additional 1,000 officers at screening areas at airports. This bump in officers comes in addition to the 600 officers the TSA added earlier this year.