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TSA predicts Friday as busiest air travel day of year

LAS VEGAS - The Friday before the 4th of July holiday is being predicted as the busiest travel day of the year, according to the TSA.  In fact, airlines are expected to carry about half a million more people Friday than on a typical travel day.

Those numbers and predictions aren’t unusual to Las Vegas, also known as "destination city." 

"It's actually been a pretty great experience today," said traveler Adam Rubin.  "I thought it would be a little bit busier than it was but it only took about 10-15 minutes to go through check-in, and we're good to go."

"Here it seems a bit busier, when I started my trip this morning it seemed relatively quiet leading into a holiday weekend so it wasn't too bad for me." 

Airline experts say nearly 250 million people will fly somewhere from June 1 through Aug. 31.

McCarran International Airport is used to large crowds.

"Once we hit May, we see more and more people traveling, so things are going to be busy here at McCarran," said Christine Crews, spokesperson for McCarran International Airport.  "Lines might be a little bit longer, particularly on those peak travel days of Friday and Sunday."

Ahead of America's Independence Day, some travelers are doing extra planning.

"Generally, I'll make sure to add a half an hour or so to my normal arrival time," said Lee Ash, traveler.  "Just don't ever want to take a chance on missing a flight."

The extra foot traffic is one of the reasons why the TSA has beefed up its security efforts with a greater focus on powders and electronic devices like laptops.

"I feel good about it; that they're checking more stuff," said Vincent Olvera, traveler.  "We noticed that too; that they were checking bags and carry-ons.

For locals driving to the airport and parking their cars, the economy lot at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are great options for parking since a lot of the parking options are filling up quickly.
    


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