Christmas Travel – Experts Say “NO”, The People Say “See Ya”
Pick your poison. Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the CDC have all urged NO Travel for Christmas. The CDC's Sunday tweet - ”Postpone holiday travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 as cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise across the United States.”
But how's the credibility of that crew? You ready to take their advice? Looks like the answer is a resounding NO!
Despite the pandemic, United Press International reports Americans began hitting the road yesterday (December 23rd) for the holidays. The AAA says nearly 85 million Americans are expected to travel between yesterday (December 23rd) and Sunday, January 3rd, 2021.
About 81 million are expected to travel by airplane, and another half-million are expected to travel by other modes like bus and train. So much for "stay home, stop the spread!"
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said this week that more than four million people passed through security screening checkpoints at airports nationwide ---the most for a four-day period since travel restrictions were ordered back in March. Still, the AAA predicts at least 34 million fewer travelers this year compared to the same period in 2019, a drop of about 30 percent.
They also say that a rise in coronavirus cases will likely lead some to cancel travel plans at the last minute, which also happened before Thanksgiving this year.