Brace yourself for a busy Thanksgiving travel week on the roads and in airports — thanks to COVID-19 vaccinations

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Americans are traveling like 2019. So be prepared for the inevitable headache at the airport and on the road.

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After the pandemic derailed many family holiday plans last year, the vast majority of Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning many Americans are returning to their normal Thanksgiving traditions. And that means once again the airport will be crowded.

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According to data from Adobe, Thanksgiving flight bookings are down just 1% from 2019 levels. Bookings have increased by 70% as compared to last year. Adobe considers any flight between November 20 and November 25 as Thanksgiving travel for the purpose of its analysis.

,‘Travel is once again high on the list for Americans who are ready to reunite with their loved ones for the holiday.’,

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–Paula Twidel, senior vice president of AAA Travel

data from AAA Turns out that 53.4 million people will travel for Thanksgiving, whether by road or by plane. This was within 5% of pre-pandemic levels for this time of year, and AAA said air travel had almost completely rebounded.

“This Thanksgiving, travel will look a lot different than it did last year,” Paula Twidel, senior vice president of AAA Travel, said in the report. “Now that the borders are open and new health and safety guidelines are in place, travel is once again high on the list of Americans ready to reunite with their loved ones for the holiday.”

AAA said more than 53 million people are expected to travel for Turkey Day, with more than 48 million predicted to hit the streets. With so many people planning holiday road trips, the demand for gas has soared. This pushed the average gas price near record levels for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Headaches Likely to Happen at the Airport

This holiday week will be a major test of airlines’ operations. Most airlines took steps last year to ground planes and reduce staff when travel demand slowed to stop the money bleeding. Many carriers have faced challenges getting back up to speed, especially because many employees have opted for early retirement during the pandemic.

From an operational perspective, the airlines have very little slack. As a result, something like a bad storm in one city can have a huge domino effect, causing major delays and cancellations across the country. Also, travel experts have said that the holidays are already a difficult time for employees, as many employees want to take time off to spend with family themselves.

So far, the worst fears about a huge wave of cancellations are yet to emerge. As of Sunday, there were only 4,500 delays and fewer than 100 cancellations for flights in or out of the United States, according to data from information about flying, Meteorologists warned last week that two storm systems could disrupt flights earlier this week.

“If you’re traveling today and you live along the eastern seaboard, you may have some delays,” said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. Said in the Thanksgiving Travel Update, citing rain spots, And a storm in the northwest could affect travel there.

Health officials worried about post-holiday COVID wave

Public-health officials expressed concern this week about the large number of people expected to travel, in light of the high number of cases. There are still an average of more than 1,100 deaths a day in the US, According to the New York Times Tracker, And the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is on the rise.

“There is concern that the rate of spread of infection is already so high come the holiday season,” said Amber D’Souza, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Businesshala School of Public Health. Hill in an interview, “We are definitely on our way to our next boom.”

Importantly, most cases and deaths have occurred in unvaccinated people. On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is okay for families to celebrate the holiday without a mask if everyone has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Get vaccinated and you can enjoy the holidays very easily. And if you’re not, please be careful,” Fauci said. During an appearance on CNN,


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