Uptick in air travelers reported despite CDC advising against Thanksgiving travel

Marco Green
November 26, 2020

Sunday was the busiest travel day since the beginning of the pandemic in March, according to TSA spokesman Daniel Velez, with 1,047,934 passengers.

For those flying internationally, the CDC recommends taking three COVID-19 tests.

While that's still only 40% of the volume screened on the Friday before Thanksgiving a year ago, it marks only the second time since mid-March that 1 million people have been screened in a day. But the travel insurance firm says those figures represent huge declines from just past year, which saw 55 million travelers for Thanksgiving. The recommendation comes as coronavirus cases surge throughout the United States and traveling could spread the virus from one part of the country to another.

"It's softened a little bit just in the last several days", said Mr. Flynn, whose railway announced a $800 million operating loss on Monday due to a steep decline in ridership during the pandemic.

When asked about the survey results, Tracy Noble, representative of AAA Mid-Atlantic had this to say, "Given the recent surge in COVID-19 and the strong urging of Governor Murphy and public health officials for everyone to stay home for the holiday, the Thanksgiving travel landscape continues to change".

Survey data suggest that most Americans are planning to stay close to home for turkey and football.

The Transportation Security Administration screened slightly more than 1 million people at USA airports. The remaining people surveyed said they were not planning on traveling anyway.

The two biggest factors keeping people home can be attributed to COVID-19, and the economic hit, that so many people have experienced this year.

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