Health officials say Thanksgiving travel, paired with gatherings, could lead to a surge in coronavirus cases.
If the number of flights over the USA two days before Thanksgiving are any indication, people aren't taking the warnings against traveling during a unsafe period of the pandemic very seriously.
Flightradar24 reported 6,972 flights in the skies above North America as of noon Tuesday November 24 - fewer than the 7,630 flights on the same day in 2019 but more than the 6,815 flights on the same day in 2018.
In fact, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recorded its busiest travel weekend since March with more than 3 million people traveling through United States airports this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. "We're seeing about 65,000 people departing CMH for Thanksgiving travel". The biggest crowds are ahead of us Sunday is expected to be the most crowded day at airports across the country.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes going on a cruise ship is among one of the riskiest forms of travel during the current global health crisis, but has turned a blind eye to air travel and the complete lack of testing, distancing, or protocols to stem the spread of COVID-19. While the numbers represent far fewer travelers than a year ago, they indicate that planes could be more crowded now than they have been since the beginning of the pandemic, according to NPR.