That was only 23% of the total number of passengers flying on the same day the year before the pandemic. on Of the 1.2 million passengers flying on Wednesday, half set a pandemic air travel record. On the Thursday before Christmas, 846,520 people passed the TSA checkpoint.
As people travel home from holidays, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the smaller number of passengers marked a pause, after which the number began to increase.
Travel experts say that Sunday is expected to be another important day for air travel. TSA figures show that nearly 7 million people were screened at airport security checkpoints last week.
Even after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to stay at home to avoid spreading the coronavirus, the holiday travel boom came.The increase in air travel has caused new concerns among health experts
Another surge in Covid-1
9 infections is similar to the surge recorded in the previous pandemic air travel records set around Thanksgiving.
“We need to find ways to bend the curve to stop this exponential growth, so we are really asking the American public to prevent these infections, avoid travel and wash their hands, wear masks and keep their distance,” Dr. Henry Walke CDC Covid-19 The event manager said earlier this month.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS earlier this month that he would not spend the Christmas holiday with his daughter for more than 30 years.
As the number of travellers increases, executives of several airlines also hope to bring back thousands of workers who have been on vacation in the fall due to the decline in travel numbers.
Congress’s latest Covid-19 relief bill includes the expansion of the airline industry’s salary support program, which sets aside $15 billion in aid to re-employ more than 32,000 people United (UAL) with American Airlines (AAL) The employees took a vacation in September. The two companies stated that the additional funds were sufficient to pay for these workers until March 31.
–Chauncey Alcorn of CNN contributed to this report.