TSA braces for record breaking holiday travel season

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A record number of holiday travelers are expected to travel during the next few weeks.

The busiest travel day of the season is expected next Friday with 2.7 million Americans taking to the skies.

On peak days, 28,000 people are expected at Salt Lake International Airport.

Getting a head start, Danielle Swopes and her two-year-old daughter packed up for a long weekend in Colorado Friday.

“Packing is fruit snack, applesauce, fishes, and elephants,” Danielle Swopes said.

The young mother plans to buy Christmas gifts when she lands. Good idea, according to TSA leaders, who add gift bags are best when traveling with presents.

Pies and other food are okay to be carried on, while but drinks like wine need to be in a checked bag.

“We continue to see a lot of knives and liquids that are over the limit at the check-point,” TSA Federal Security Director Mark Lewis said.

TSA screeners spotted more than 4,000 firearms in carry-on bags so far this year in the US, very close to a new record.

At Salt Lake International, more than 70 guns were intercepted in carry-ons in 2018.

It’s a little surprising. You’d think after so long, you’d just give up trying to bring weapons,” Swopes said.

Guns and knives must be carried in checked bags and comply with TSA standards.

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