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TSA Screens Millions Of Holiday Travelers Despite CDC's Advice To Stay Home
With less than a week until Christmas, airports are seeing increased traffic despite the ongoing pandemic and rising COVID-19 cases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans should stay home this year to avoid spreading the virus. However, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened over 3 million travelers over the weekend. Yahoo! News reports that the TSA screened 1,073,563 on Saturday and 1,064,619 on Sunday as work and school vacation began. This is the first time since lockdowns began in March that numbers were over 1 million.
Compared to last year, numbers are still down by almost 60%, which totals about 1.5 million less passengers each day.
CDC COVID-19 incident manager Henry Walke says in a news briefing on December 16th, “The best thing for Americans to do in the upcoming holiday season is to stay at home and not travel. Cases are rising. Hospitalizations are increasing, Deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase.”
If you must travel, please remember to wear your mask, get tested and practice social distancing.