American airports are preparing for the & # 39; summer of hell & # 39; because the Boeing 737 MAX remains grounded, a record number of passengers head for the airspace and TSA personnel move to the Mexican border & # 39; 39;
- 257.4 million is expected to fly on US airlines between June 1 and August 31
- That is 3.4 percent higher than the record record of 248.8 million passengers last summer
- Comes if hundreds of security staff could go to the Mexican border
- And the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft remains grounded after two fatal accidents
American airports are preparing for a possible summer of hell, because Boeing's 737 MAX remains well-founded, a record number of passengers on their way to airspace and security personnel to the Mexican border, officials say.
Airlines for America, the trading group representing major US airlines, said it expects that between June 1 and August 31, 257.4 million passengers will travel on US airlines, an increase of 3.4 percent over the 248.8 million passengers from last summer.
That means that an average of 2.8 million people a day will use air travel to travel – just like hundreds of aviation security personnel could go to the Mexican border.
That combined with the grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft after two fatal accidents, it could make a very stressful summer for travelers, experts warn.
Travelers wait in line to go through a security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan National Airport on May 24, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. US airports are preparing for a possible summer of hell, because Boeing's 737 MAX remains well-founded, a record number of passengers on their way to airspace and security personnel to the Mexican border, officials say
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked on the platform after being grounded at Southern California Logistics Airport in March 2019 in Victorville, California
Airlines are adding 111,000 seats each day to accommodate the additional 93,000 passengers expected per day, Airlines for America said, in what is expected to be the tenth consecutive summer of increases in US airline passengers.
Southwest Airlines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc. have already canceled flights due to the August 737 MAX being grounded, while United Airlines canceled flights early July.
Southwest has canceled 160 flights per day until 5 August. The service was launched in Hawaii earlier this year, but had to postpone flying from San Diego and Sacramento due to the MAX groundings.
American canceled nearly 115 flights daily until August 19, accounting for two percent of its summer flight capacity.
The US Department of Transportation said July 2018 was the largest month of air travel, with 75.8 million passengers.
It comes as the Department of Homeland Security relocates hundreds of transport security officers to assist on the southern border.
The company is also considering tapping more than $ 230 million from the TSA to finance operations on the US-Mexico border if Congress does not approve additional funding, said a person who was informed about this.
Earlier this month, the TSA confirmed that it was planning to send staff to the southern border of the United States to assist with immigration tasks and migration flows.
A TSA spokesperson said the agency was looking for volunteers to support efforts on the border with Mexico, where the government said it is struggling with record numbers of people.
Southwest Airlines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc. have canceled flights due to the grounding of the 737 MAX in August, while United Airlines has canceled flights to July
Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said: “As the busy summer vacation begins, it cannot be a worse time to undermine major safety programs and to undermine safety, security and compromise the comfort of the journey. public. & # 39;
The Federal Aviation Administration has met with aviation regulators from all over the world in Texas to update them on the various assessments of the 737 MAX last Thursday.
Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell said: “The public can trust that the FAA will not allow the 737 Max to fly back into the US until it is safe to do so.
& # 39; I am not going along the timetable route. The only timetable we have is the analysis that says the Max is good for flying and safe to fly. & # 39;
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