Memorial Day 2016 is expected to be the most traveled Memorial Day weekend ever, and it’s only the start to what experts say will be the busiest travel season in history.
AAA predicts roughly 3.1 million Texans will travel this weekend, and 2.7 million of those will be traveling by car. That means the rest of those folks will be crawling going their way through airport security.
“We’re suggesting that people come two hours early,” Derick Hackett with the City of Austin Aviation Department said. “That will allow you enough time to check in at the gate, to process your luggage, and then also to get you through security and let you arrive at your gate at an appropriate time.”
Hackett said more than one million passengers are expected to fly in-and-out of Austin Bergstrom International airport this month.
“It’s a heavy travel season on the roads, and heavy travel season in the air,” Hackett said. “A lot of people are choosing to fly as their main mode of transportation.”
TSA has been under fire recently for the long lines and increasing wait times, something officials say they are working to fix before the Memorial Day rush. However, U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said he isn’t convinced.
“We passed a bill out of this committee to expand the TSA pre-check program, which would have helped the situation, and yet it’s sitting there in the senate,” McCaul said. “Stalled in the senate. They could have helped this problem months ago.”
McCaul held a House Homeland Security Committee meeting this week in Washington, calling on lawmakers and TSA to address this “crisis.”
“It’s unconscionable that the senate hasn’t acted on this,” McCaul said. “And I call upon the senate — and sometimes they don’t listen to us in the House — for the sake of the American people, it’s time for the senate to act on this important legislation.”
Some airports across Texas are suggesting travelers arrive two hours early just in case. And to help the lines move faster, they ask that travelers are prepared with their ID and ticket ready to go.