Thanksgiving Holiday Marks Historic Numbers for TSA

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration experienced the busiest Thanksgiving travel weeks in its 17-year history after a record breaking summer with more than 25.6 million passengers and crew members screened during the holiday travel period – a six percent increase over last year. On Sunday, November 25, more than 2.7 million travelers passed through TSA screening and making it the busiest travel day in TSA’s history.

“It was all hands on deck during the Thanksgiving holiday week. Close coordination with airline and airport partners, new technology, enhanced screening and more travelers enrolled in TSA Pre✓®, TSA used every tool to secure air travel for the millions of passengers traveling to their holiday destinations,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “I thank our entire TSA team and industry partners for their work and attention to detail during a very hectic time, ensuring safe and secure travel for all passengers.”

Even though the volume of individuals screened was remarkably high, nationwide 95 percent of all passengers waited less than 20 minutes in a checkpoint line and 99 percent of passengers who were in a TSA Pre✓® lane waited less than 10 minutes in a security checkpoint line.

From Friday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Nov. 26, TSA screened 25,652,287 passengers and crew at airport checkpoints nationwide. More than 15 million checked bags were screened during the same time period. Typically, an average travel day would see TSA screen approximately 2.1 million passengers and crew, but in the busiest days of the Thanksgiving travel week, TSA screened more than a half million passengers per day than usual. TSA has handled nearly four percent annual passenger growth over the last few years.

TSA’s top 10 list of busiest days of travelers screened

Rank Date Passengers +

Crew Screened

1 Nov. 25, 2018 2,729,770 Sunday after Thanksgiving
2 Nov. 28, 2004 2,713,864 Sunday after Thanksgiving
3 July 20, 2018 2,676,487 Summer Friday
4 June 29, 2018 2,676,198 Friday before Fourth of July week
5 July 26, 2018 2,672,136 Summer Friday
6 June 22, 2018 2,668,474 Summer Thursday
7 July 8, 2018 2,658,707 Sunday after Fourth of July week
8 Nov. 19, 2004 2,652,347 Friday of the week before Thanksgiving
9 July 27, 2018 2,649,067 Summer Friday
10 June 30, 2017 2,647,852 Friday of Fourth of July week

Georgia Cancer Specialists, Northside Hospital Collect Suitcases for Foster Children

ATLANTA – Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are hosting the 17th annual totes 2 tots drive to collect backpacks and suitcases for foster children in Georgia. Donations of new or nearly new backpacks, duffel bags and suitcases will be accepted at locations across the state:

– Thursday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., GCS Camp Creek and Hawkinsville, Ga. locations
– Friday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., all other GCS locations in Georgia
– Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., New Apostolic Church, Columbus, Ga.

More than 14,000 children, from infants to teenagers, are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. totes 2 tots aims to change that by giving every foster child in Georgia a new or nearly new backpack, duffel bag or suitcase. Since totes 2 tots launched in 2003, the annual volunteer event has collected and distributed more than 55,000 bags.

GCS and Northside Hospital partner with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to distribute the bags in the counties in which they’re collected. Tom C. Rawlings, interim director of DFCS, praised those who support the program, which helps to bring a measure of comfort and respect to Georgia’s foster children.

“The totes 2 tots program allows children in foster care the ability to transport their belongings with a sense of dignity,” said Rawlings. “By providing backpacks and luggage, totes 2 tots offers our children a sense of stability during an uncertain time.”

totes 2 tots was originally held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a way to honor Dr. King’s vision of philanthropy and give back to the community. The event is now held the preceding Thursday-Saturday to kick-off a weekend of service in his honor.

“Dr. Martin Luther King said, ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly;’ that is why the [GCS] physicians and staff take pride in celebrating his memory by participating in totes 2 tots for the 17th consecutive year,” said Dr. Cheryl Jones, vice president and chief medical officer at GCS.

WSB-TV Family 2 Family has signed on as the media partner for totes 2 tots for a 17th year. Additional support is being provided by Courier Express.

Deal: Wayfair to Create 1,000 Jobs in Chatham County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Wayfair Inc., one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, will create 1,000 jobs and open a new 1,164,800-square-foot facility in Savannah. New jobs will include supervisory, administrative and warehouse positions. Wayfair and its landlord plan to invest approximately $45 million in the project over the next five years.

“As the gateway to the Southeastern market and beyond, Georgia continues to attract and retain industry leaders such as Wayfair as they look to expand operations,” said Deal. “By establishing this new facility in Savannah, it’s clear that Wayfair’s leadership recognizes the strength of our workforce, as well as our dedication to preserving Georgia’s top-ranked and nationally recognized business climate. Georgia’s high-performing transportation infrastructure and strategic resources, including our world-class ports system, will help Wayfair expand its distribution network and support the company’s plans for long-term growth. We appreciate Wayfair’s commitment to creating even more jobs here in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening this partnership.”

Headquartered in Boston, Wayfair operates offices and warehouses throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Wayfair currently operates a warehouse and distribution center in McDonough.

“We are excited to expand our team in the State of Georgia as we continue to scale our logistics operations to support the rapid growth of our business,” said James Savarese, chief operating officer of Wayfair. “The State of Georgia and the Savannah Economic Development Authority have been great partners to us. We look forward to contributing to economic development in the region with the creation of 1,000 new jobs and the opening of a new, state-of-the-art facility in Savannah.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Senior Project Manager Alyce Thornhill represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Georgia Quick Start and the Georgia Ports Authority.

“We would like to thank the Wayfair team for their decision to bring this exciting new development to Savannah,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “For Georgia and Georgia’s ports, this will mean new jobs, additional cargo, and the opportunity to bring better service to Wayfair’s customers across the Southeast and the nation. The Port of Savannah provides fast, reliable and cost-effective access to this growing demographic that is increasingly reliant on e-commerce.”

“Wayfair’s commitment to Georgia over the years speaks to our state’s pro-business climate and top-notch workforce,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “From Henry County to Chatham County, Wayfair has been an incredible corporate citizen, and I am excited about the 1,000 jobs it plans to bring to the Savannah community.”

“Wayfair’s announcement of 1,000 job opportunities will make a profound impact for the Savannah region,” said Trip Tollison, president and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority. “E-commerce distribution is one of the fastest growing industries in the country and having such a significant announcement of this size as one of our largest e-commerce facilities is exciting. I would be remiss if we did not thank Chatham County voters who most recently approved the Freeport Exemption for e-commerce facilities which will make Chatham County a more attractive location for e-commerce companies.”

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About Wayfair Inc.

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a home they love. Through technology and innovation, Wayfair makes it possible for shoppers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want from a selection of more than 10 million items including home furnishings, décor, home improvement goods, housewares and more. The Wayfair family of sites includes Wayfair, Joss & Main, AllModern, Birch Lane and Perigold. Wayfair generated $6.2 billion in net revenue for the 12 months ending on Sept. 30, 2018. Headquartered in Boston, with operations in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Ireland and the U.K., the company employs more than 10,900 people worldwide.