Millions of Americans will be reuniting with loved ones this week in an attempt to reclaim Thanksgiving traditions that were put on hold last year due to the virus. According to estimates from vehicle clubs, this week’s number of fliers is expected to reach or perhaps exceed pre-pandemic levels.
Just In Time For Thanksgiving, Travelers Are Back On The Road
Although gasoline prices have risen significantly, the American Automobile Association anticipates that 48.3 million people would travel at least 50 miles away from their homes over the Christmas season.
The revelation that around 200 million Americans have already had all of their vaccines is reassuring to many. There are over 100,000 new cases of Ebola in the United States every single day, and hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Arizona are reporting significant rises in the number of patients seeking treatment.
There has been an approximately 30 percent spike in newly reported cases during the last two weeks, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, those who have not been vaccinated should avoid travel. In any event, it isn’t apparent if this advice is making a dent in the problem.
For the first time since the Ebola outbreak halted travel earlier this year, more than 2.2 million people went through airport checks on Friday. In the United States, from Friday through Monday, there were more than twice as many people on the road as there were on the same days last year, and just 8 percent fewer people this year.
Peter Titus arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey with his wife and adult son in order to go to Canada to see family members..
Titus is an engineer at the Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University. While flying into Canada, they were forced to provide proof of their immunizations and negative COVID-19 testing.
In spite of the fact that his adult son Christian Titus, a voice actor, has spent much of this flu season indoors, he is willing to risk flying on a packed plane since he misses spending time with his family. He received a booster shot to enhance his defenses.
To celebrate their son Kaiden’s second birthday, Meka Starling and her husband were looking forward to a significant Thanksgiving gathering in Linden, New Jersey, with their entire family. On the airlines’ side, they’re hoping that the massive flight cancellations that afflicted Southwest and American Airlines at different times last month will not happen again.
In the beginning, the outages were triggered by extreme weather in one part of the country, but they soon spread. As recently as a few years ago, airlines could recover from a large number of disruptions within a day or two.
Because of this, they are having a tough time regaining their footing now since they have been forced to lay off hundreds of employees when the tourist business collapsed last year. This week’s flights are expected to go as planned because of recent increases in hiring by major airlines such as American, Southwest, Delta, and United.