While public health officials have warned against traveling this Thanksgiving, many Americans are going ahead with their plans. This could have deadly effects, possibly fueling a dangerous surge in coronavirus cases.
While this year’s number of travelers to pass through airport security is 60% lower than last year, TSA still saw 1 million passengers pass through security gates this past Sunday. This served as the second time in just three days that U.S. air travel screenings surpassed 1 million, the highest number seen since March.
Flying is not the only form of transportation that has seen an increase. 40 to 50 million will be driving over the holiday, according to the American Automobile Association. Last year at this time, 55 million travelers used highways.
While the lingering virus is a frightening thought to most, spending time with family is worth the risk to many.