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TSA records busiest travel weekend since March despite CDC travel warnings

According to the TSA's figures, more than 1 million people traveled by plane on Sunday and on Saturday nearly 1 million flew.

News 12 Staff

Nov 23, 2020, 10:29 PM

Updated 1,308 days ago

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Thanksgiving is just days away, and the TSA says millions of Americans are not listening to the CDC's do not travel warning.
According to the TSA's figures, more than 1 million people traveled by plane on Sunday and on Saturday nearly 1 million flew.
The number of people flying is about half of the number when compared to the same days last year, but it's still the most passengers on flights this year since March when the pandemic started.
News 12 spoke with people about their travel plans for the holidays, including at MacArthur Airport. "My family's all here, so I would be home no matter what. But I'm doing less traveling because of what the CDC recommends and our local government's recommending," says Kazi Hassan, of Queens.
As people get off flights, they have to fill out forms to say they'll quarantine after traveling. They're also able to sign up for a COVID-19 rapid test.
The CDC says the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to do it at home with the people you live with. The agency says traveling increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19.
Robert Sinclair Jr., with AAA Northeast, says if you do decide to travel, most people will be driving, but planes do have new air filter systems.
"That air enters the airplane from above and exits through the floor, so the air is pretty good," says Sinclair Jr. " What you have to be careful of is all the surfaces you might touch in that airplane."


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