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Christmas Eve Air Travel Doubles Over Last Year As American Flyers Shrug Off Omicron Fears

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American travelers seemed to shrug off fears of the Omicron variant as they took to the skies with confidence on Christmas Eve, with airport security data showing over twice as many people flying on Dec. 24 compared to the same day last year, even as multiple airlines across the country canceled hundreds of flights. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said in a Dec. 25 tweet that over 1.7 million travelers were screened at checkpoints across the United States on Christmas Eve, a number that’s over twice as high as the nearly 847,000 screened on the same day last year. Still, that’s around 800,000 fewer screenings than on Christmas Eve 2019, an indication that the outbreak continues to bedevil air travel and hold back the industry’s rebound to pre-pandemic levels. In the face of last year’s COVID-19 winter surge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Americans not to travel …  » Read full article

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