Mirroring air-travel recovery across the country over the last few months, the Transportation Security Administration anticipates a record number of people passing through Palm Springs International Airport this summer, officials said Wednesday.
“Whether it is a peak travel time or a slower period, we encourage all passengers to come to the security checkpoint early and prepared,” TSA Federal Security Director Keith Jeffries, who oversees security operations at PSP, said.
According to TSA, about 2.27 million people — a 16% increase from last year but an 11% decrease from pre-pandemic volumes in 2019 — were screened at airports nationwide each day since June 1. TSA also saw a surge during the Fourth of July weekend and expects the elevated summer travel volumes to continue.
According to TSA, PSP has seen steady travel volume increases over the past few months after it added more airlines and flights than in previous summers.
In June, TSA screened approximately 75,500 people — 10% more than in June 2021 and roughly 25% more than June 2019 — through the security checkpoint.
TSA officials did offer any projections, but the agency indicated it expects record passenger numbers at the airport over the summer, surpassing the 2019 pre-pandemic volumes.
But the cooler, winter months are PSP’s busiest time of the year, as tourism goes into full swing in the Coachella Valley, according to TSA.
“No matter the season, TSA at Palm Springs International Airport is on the job and ready to ensure the safety and security of tourists and residents who are lucky enough to spend time in the Coachella Valley,” Jeffries said in a statement.
In March, PSP’s security checkpoint screened about 207,000 people — 5% more than in 2019 and a 43% jump over March 2021.