In May, we predicted (accurately) that air travel would be absolutely nuts this summer, with 246.1 million passengers flying on U.S. airlines between June 1 and August 31, according to trade group Airlines for America (A4A), which represents the U.S.’s largest carriers. As the summer comes to a close, the air travel madness is actually ramping up: 16.5 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S. airlines over Labor Day weekend, between August 29 and September 4, according to A4A’s latest forecast. That’s a three percent increase over last year, when just (just) 16 million people flew on U.S. airlines over the same period.

If you’re flying Friday, you’ll be one of an estimated 2.76 million people traveling on U.S. airlines that day, the busiest day over the holiday weekend. If you haven’t booked flights, shoot for Saturday or Sunday, two of the lightest flying days of the weekend, and some of the lightest of the whole year, according to A4A. (Here are a few last-minute getaway ideas, if you’re a master vacation procrastinator.)

This year has felt particularly frustrating when it comes to airports. It makes sense then, that 20 of the 25 busiest days ever recorded by the TSA have occurred in 2018. In June, the TSA announced that six days from a single week-long period had broken into the top ten busiest travel days, thanks to each day notching more than 2.6 million passenger and crew screenings. The busiest travel date in history—November 28, 2004, when the TSA screened 2,713,864 passengers and crew—may be given a run for its money this weekend, since Friday alone is expected to see 2.76 million passengers.

Regardless of when your next flight departs, there are a few things you can do to make the experience a little less of a headache. Pack light to avoid stress and those pesky new bag fees, and put everything you need to remove at the security checkpoint at the top of your carry-on (like electronics larger than a phone, liquids, and powders like dry shampoo, baby powder, and make-up). If you want to skip that hassle—and some of the line—sign up for TSA PreCheck. It’ll cost you $85 for five years, but double-check to see if your credit card will reimburse you. Last but not least, find your zen at an airport meditation room (San Francisco and Chicago both have them) or by meditating with the help of an app like Headspace. Trust us—you’ll need all of the deep breaths you can get.

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