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TSA Announces Passenger Screening Numbers for 2018 Derby Travel at Louisville International Airport

May 9, 2018

Transportation Security Administration officers working at the Louisville International Airport (SDF) checkpoint screened 11,099 passengers on Sunday, May 6. Travelers returning from the 2018 Kentucky Derby contributed to the highest volume at SDF in more than five years, when we screened 11,393 the day after the 2012 races. The single-day record for passengers screened at Louisville International Airport is 12,893, the Sunday following the 2008 Kentucky Derby.

With prior planning and support of our airport and airline partners, TSA was able to work efficiently throughout the day, which saw nearly double Louisville International Airport’s daily average volume. The checkpoint saw a temporary peak wait time of only 17 minutes for standard screening lanes, and wait times remained ten minutes or less for TSA Pre✓® passengers. As we move toward Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer travel season, passenger volumes will continue to be heavy. TSA strongly recommends travelers arrive at least two hours prior to their scheduled departure times to ensure adequate time for ticketing, checking baggage and security screening.


The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a riskbased strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at