Air travel hits pandemic record despite airline chaos

Nearly 2.5 million people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints Friday, the most since February 2020.

Another 2.2 million were screened Saturday and 2.1 million on Sunday.

Why it matters: The air travel system has been struggling with staffing shortages and other issues, making the past few days a big test for airlines, airports and the Federal Aviation Administration.

By the numbers: 26.9% of U.S.-based carriers’ arrivals were delayed Friday, per FlightAware, with an average delay of 51 minutes. Another 464 flights were canceled.