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A record number of people flew out of Logan Airport on Friday

People were screened at Logan Airport in Boston in December 2017.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File

A record number of passengers flew out of Logan Airport as school vacation kicked off Friday, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

With 75,620 people — including passengers and crew — screened at agency security checkpoints that day, the airport broke the record it set Columbus Day weekend last October by over 6,000, according to TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy.

“Even nationwide, that’s a pretty high number,” he said.

That number also represents 41 percent more people than those that fly out on an average day at the airport, McCarthy said.

The start of April break is traditionally a busy time at Logan, though it was not clear what made this a record year, McCarthy said in a phone interview.


Because the numbers only reflect people who fly out of Logan, Monday’s marathon was not a factor, he said.

Despite the volume, the agency said that Friday was also an efficient day, with 98 percent of the crowd experiencing wait times of less than 15 minutes in line for screening.

“This was a really successful busy weekend, and we look to replicate this,” he said, noting that the agency is anticipating more high numbers this summer, typically Boston’s “busiest sustained period” for air travel.

“I would not be surprised if we hit this [record number] again,” McCarthy said.

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