A booming economy and high consumer confidence levels led to record-high air travel in the United States this spring, according to government and industry experts.
The Transportation Security Administration on Monday reported processing 72.1 million passengers during spring break, which runs from March 15 to April 15. That's nearly 5 percent higher than the same period last year.
Airlines for America, which represents the largest U.S. airlines,expects an additional 6 million more people to board planes for travel from March 1 through April 31 compared to the 145 million who did so in the same period last year.
TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein explained the increase in two simple words: "good economy."
AAA attributed the increase to a perfect storm of conditions.