Airport suggests arriving early as holiday lines grow (copy)

Passengers wait to go through the security checkpoint at Charleston International Airport. File/Leroy Burnell/Staff

With more airlines offering more flights to more destinations as tourist season kicks into high gear, Charleston International Airport set a new record for single-day passenger screenings earlier this week.

The Transportation Security Administration reported 8,374 travelers went through the checkpoint Sunday, breaking the record of 7,972 set one week earlier after the Cooper River Bridge Run.

The previous record before this year was on May 7 of last year, when 7,742 ticket holders passed through TSA screening, according to spokesman Mark Howell.

Wait times throughout the day remained under 20 minutes in standard screening lanes and less than 10 minutes for TSA Precheck passengers, Howell said.

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Passenger volumes are expected to increase as the busy summer travel season launches on and before Memorial Day weekend.

To avoid delays, passengers are urged to arrive at least two hours prior to their scheduled departure times to ensure enough time for ticketing, checking bags and security screening.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.