AAA: Most Labor Day travelers avoiding mass transit, hitting the road instead
Heading out of town for the holiday weekend? You're definitely not alone but there are still some changes you might want to know about first.
AAA says the vast amount of travelers will be going by car to avoid using mass transit and sharing space with strangers. They say ridership at Newark Liberty International Airport is 70% lower now compared to this time last year. LaGuardia has 78% fewer flyers and JFK ridership dropped 84%.
If you plan on ditching your car and choosing to fly, the TSA says there will be some changes at the airport. They say officers will be wearing masks and gloves at all airports. Plexiglass barriers, social distancing signs and automated ID scanners are also being added to security lines.
Some have canceled any Labor Day plans altogether. Others will still be headed out as long as they can avoid public transportation.
"I would drive right now. I think people are just cooped up and they want to be out and they want to be about," says Steve Rubel, of Garden City.