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Airlines report on holiday travel

Travelers at Miami International Airport on Friday Associated Press/Photo by Lynne Sladky

Airlines report on holiday travel

More than 2 million people went through screening at U.S. airports on Friday and Saturday, the Transportation Security Administration said. That’s far lower than in previous years, but it’s a large number during the pandemic and only the second time since mid-March that more than 1 million people went through daily airport screenings.

Is that safe? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended last week that people stay home and celebrate Thanksgiving with their immediate households as COVID-19 cases climb across the country. Airlines said they were sanitizing gates and kiosks, taking steps to shorten lines, and increasing ventilation. A few states have recorded new daily highs of infection rates or hospitalizations, and a few have announced new restrictions.

Dig deeper: Read John Dawson’s report in Beginnings about why the coronavirus death rate has dropped since the spring.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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We flew out on election day and there were very many people traveling. Delta packed in as many as they could in our flights and still be allowed to call it social distancing. What a laugh. Still like sardines. I am so glad they had to have a little space between because I think it would have been VERY tight, and the overhead bins would not have held one bag per person if they had filled EVERY seat.

I'm thankful we got home without being quarantined anywhere out of town.

The only people who have checked our temperature so far was to get on a military base. Whew! By the Grace of God.