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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 Announces Launch of ‘See Something, Send Something’

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of “See Something, Send Something,” a smartphone app that directs citizen concerns to local law enforcement. “See Something, Send Something” operates nationwide, allowing citizens to report suspicious activity and join in the fight against terrorism and criminal activity.

“As technology continues to drastically change our world, public safety remains a top priority,” said Deal. “While we work to make our state a safer place to live, work and raise a family, Georgia citizens and law enforcement must cooperate to deter crime and report suspected terrorism within our communities. This launch of ‘See Something, Send Something’ is the latest step in ensuring that Georgia is not only the No. 1 state for business, but also the safest state to call home.”

“See Something, Send Something” provides a platform to capture a photo of suspicious activity or send in information with written text. Information received in the app is sent directly to the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC) where the tips can be evaluated and provided to law enforcement across the state as needed. The application is available at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, as well as iPad users.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency have led efforts to implement the “See Something, Send Something” system in Georgia.

“No matter how hard we work to ensure that our communities are safe, inevitably some people will seek to do harm to others,” said DPS Commissioner Mark W. McDonough. “One way citizens can help keep our cities safe is to assist law enforcement by immediately making reports of suspicious activity, and this application provides an easy way to do just that.”

The service, provided by My Mobile Witness, Inc., uses privacy protection software to safeguard users’ personal information and the integrity of tips. The system allows citizens to engage with GISAC without tracking locations or storing any personal information. Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system following delivery to GISAC.

This system is not intended for emergency situations. For situations requiring immediate response, call 911 or your local law enforcement directly.

Georgia is the tenth state to participate in “See Something, Send Something.” The service is already available in Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.