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Sunday was busiest US air travel day of COVID-19 pandemic-era

Greater than three million individuals have been screened at U.S. airports this weekend forward of Thanksgiving, in response to the TSA.

WASHINGTON — Regardless of rising COVID-19 circumstances across the nation and well being officers urging People to remain dwelling for Thanksgiving this 12 months, Sunday set a report for probably the most air vacationers at U.S. airports because the coronavirus pandemic hit. 

Greater than three million individuals have been screened at U.S. airports on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in response to the Transportation Safety Administration. On Sunday alone, a complete of 1,047,934 individuals went via airport safety checkpoints. 

Whereas that is far decrease than throughout the identical time final 12 months, Friday and Sunday have been solely the second and third time since mid-March that each day airport screenings topped 1 million.

On Thursday, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned People ought to skip Thanksgiving journey and never spend the vacation with individuals from exterior their family. The nation’s high infectious ailments skilled, Dr. Anthony Fauci, mentioned Sunday he’s frightened that cases of crowding at U.S. airports from Thanksgiving journey might result in a dangerous state of affairs as COVID-19 circumstances surge. 

Fauci advised CBS’ “Face the Nation” that individuals at airports “are going to get us into much more bother than we’re in proper now.” He mentioned that new COVID-19 circumstances from Thanksgiving gained’t develop into evident till weeks later, making it “very troublesome” because the virus spirals uncontrolled heading into colder climate and the December vacation season.

For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes delicate or reasonable signs, akin to fever and cough that clear up in two to 3 weeks. For some — particularly older adults and other people with present well being issues — it could trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia, and dying.

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Airways have emphasised what they’re doing to sanitize gates and kiosks, shorten strains and gatherings and purify the air. However most are additionally providing alternatives for individuals to skip their vacation flights and journey later, although vacationers may need to pay extra for the substitute flight if it is dearer.

Some have argued that airways ought to do extra. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who has pushed for money refunds for skipped flights in the course of the pandemic, mentioned individuals who dropped their Thanksgiving journey are doing the proper factor and following public well being steering.

For these nonetheless touring, the TSA mentioned it had ready for greater visitors this week, rising employees ranges to maintain strains shorter and preserve social distancing.

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