More than half a million people traveled to America on Christmas Day

That’s just 23 percent of the number of travelers who traveled on the same day a year ago, before the pandemic, and About Half of the 1.2 million passengers who traveled on Wednesday, setting a record for air travel. On Thursday Christmas Eve, 846520 people crossed Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.

smallest Passenger numbers on Christmas Eve And Christmas Day is lull before the numbers start rising again, as people head home from holiday trips.

Sunday is expected to be another important day for air travel, travel experts say. Transportation Security Administration figures show that last week, nearly 7 million people were screened at airport security checkpoints.

The holiday travel rush comes even after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Urged Americans to stay home To avoid the spread of the Coronavirus. The increase in air travel is raising new concerns among health experts Another leap in Covid-19 infections, similar to High record-up The Previous epidemiological air travel record About Thanksgiving.
Almost a million people traveled in America on Christmas Eve

“We need to try to bend the curve, and stop this massive increase, and so we are really asking the American public to prevent this infection, avoid travel and wash their hands, wear a mask and keep the distance,” said Dr. Henry Wook, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident director said at a time. Earlier this month.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, He told CBS earlier this month He won’t be spending Christmas with his daughters for the first time in over 30 years.

The rise in travel also comes as executives at several airlines are looking to bring back the thousands of workers who were laid off in the fall due to lower travel numbers.

Latest Congress Covid-19 Relief Bill It includes an extension of the Aviation Industry Payroll Support Program, which allocates $ 15 billion in re-employment assistance for more than 32,000 united (UAL) And the American Airlines (AAL) The staff took leave in September. The companies say the extra money is enough to pay these workers’ salaries until March 31.

CNN’s Chauncey Alcorn contributed to this report.

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