by Ken Presley

Airport pickups and drop-offs are an essential component of the bus and motorcoach industry; and a miserable summer is predicted for the millions of passengers traveling through U.S. airports this summer.

A trade group, Airlines for America, estimates that a record 257.4 million people will fly from June 1 through the end of August - on average 2.8 million people each day.

Between hundreds of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security personnel being reassigned to the Mexican border and the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, headaches are already predicted for group travel and bus and motorcoach companies.

United Airlines reports 2,410 has already canceled flights in June and July due to the grounding of the 737 Max and American Airlines reports 115 daily flight cancellations.

It is anticipated thousands of passengers will be displaced at a time of year when virtually no seats fly empty. This becomes extraordinarily complicated for groups planning to travel together.

All of this combines to create a situation with longer, slower security lines that result in delays and missed flights.