On Christmas Eve, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport appeared empty, as international travel restrictions and warnings about the pandemic caused the number of passengers to plummet.
DailyMail.com’s picture shows that there are no security guards in line at the international departure area of Terminal 1, and only a few diligent passengers check in at Terminal 8.
After officials asked Americans to stay home during Christmas to avoid spreading the coronavirus, the number of travelers plummeted.
The US government also announced on Christmas Eve that starting from Monday, all airline passengers arriving from the UK must test negative for COVID-1
A new mutant strain of the virus, which is more infectious, is spreading in the UK, prompting many countries to close their borders to travelers entering from there.
According to Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airports throughout the United States are quiet, with only 846,520 people flying over the holiday weekend on Christmas Eve.
This is about one-third of the number of people traveling the day before Christmas in 2019.
On Christmas Eve, Terminal 1 of John F. Kennedy International Airport appears very quiet in Queens, New York on December 24, 2020
New York: On Friday Christmas Day, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said that only 846,520 people were checked at national airport checkpoints on Thursday.JFK Airport Terminal 8
New York: Air travel this holiday season has been reduced by 60%, and car travel has also been reduced by 25%.As shown in the picture, in Terminal 1 of the airport
New York: A few people can be seen checking in at the American Airlines kiosk in Terminal 8
One year ago, 2,552,194 people were screened. If you choose to travel, please wear a mask.
Kennedy International Airport (JFK) truly reflects that there is actually very little air travel on holiday weekends.
At the departure point of Terminal 1, only a few people passed the TSA checkpoint. Some passengers passing by the terminal stopped and were tested for COVID-19 while heading to the flight.
Delta Air Lines planes are tightly tied together on the tarmac, and overall air travel has dropped by 60%.
Farbstein said Thursday morning that 1,191,123 people were checked at national airport checkpoints on Wednesday.
“This is the highest number of checkpoints since March 16, when 1,257,823 people were screened,” Fabstein said, adding that anyone traveling this holiday should “wear a mask.”
New York: On a quiet Christmas Eve, British Airways did not see any flights at JFK Terminal 7
New York: Delta Air Lines planes are tightly tied together on the tarmac, and overall air travel has dropped by 60%
New York: In Terminal 1, people passing by may stop and get a COVID-19 test before starting to fly
New York: A pilot went to Terminal 4, which was previously empty,
The TSA report stated that, despite public health experts calling for vacations during the holidays, more than 5 million people across the country still passed through national airport checkpoints from Friday to Tuesday. This day was announced.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, approximately 3.2 million people were inspected, and more than 1 million passengers were recorded every day.
Since the March pandemic, this broke the record for the largest number of weekend travelers, and since then, this is the first time that more than 1 million people have passed through the country’s airport for three consecutive days.
New York: A passenger waits to receive his boarding information in Terminal 1 of JFK Airport
New York: An airport employee sits alone at JFK Airport Terminal 8
New York: A lone passenger waiting for their flight at an empty airport
New York: Air trains have few passengers entering and leaving JFK Airport
The TSA reported that 954,782 people passed the airport security checkpoint on Monday and 992,167 people passed the checkpoint on Tuesday.
So far, the influx of air travel before the Christmas holiday has far exceeded the days before Thanksgiving in the United States, when some Americans also ignored travel warnings, and experts have since attributed it to the surge in COVID cases nationwide.
Since March, more than 1 million passengers have been screened at the airport in 9 days: January occurred in October, April occurred in November, and 4 times have been recorded so far this month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines last month that discourage travel and urge people who need to travel to be tested for coronavirus before and after travel.
New York before the pandemic: On August 10, 2019, travelers wait for boarding at John F. Kennedy International Airport
New Jersey: Air passengers wait to board at Newark Liberty International Airport on December 24
New Jersey: Compared to JFK Airport, Newark seems more crowded
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement on Thursday that all airline passengers arriving from the UK must test negative within 72 hours of departure.
After the Trump administration told American Airlines on Tuesday that it did not intend to conduct any tests on arriving British passengers, their decision marked a turnaround.
Earlier Thursday, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines stated that they require all passengers on flights from the United Kingdom to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before departure.
The CDC said that late Thursday, passengers must pass a PCR or Antigen test with a negative result.
They pointed out that “the virus will continue to change through mutations, and preliminary analysis in the UK shows that the transmission capacity of this new variant may be 70% higher than the previously transmitted variant.”
President Donald Trump suspended the entry of almost all foreign citizens who visited the UK in the past 14 days in March, which reduced air travel from the UK to the US by approximately 90%.
The CDC said that under the new policy, passengers travelling from the UK to the US must provide airlines with written documents (printed or electronic) of their laboratory test results.
The airline must confirm negative test results for all passengers before boarding. If the passenger chooses not to take the test, the airline must refuse boarding.
The CDC said the order will be signed on Friday and will take effect on Monday.
Florida: Passengers wear masks at Miami International Airport on Christmas Eve
Florida: Travelers wearing masks arrived at Orlando International Airport the day before Christmas, ignoring health professionals who recommend vacation travel
Michigan: Travelers check in at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on Christmas Eve
Michigan: A group of passengers waiting in the baggage check-in at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Michigan: A traveller waits to be picked up at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport during the coronavirus disease