Mar. 15, 2021 — Business air journey within the U.S. appears to be rising once more, reaching the degrees final seen in March 2020.
Greater than 1.35 million individuals handed by means of airports on Friday, in keeping with data from the Transportation Safety Administration. That’s the very best quantity since March 15, 2020 simply after the World Well being Group declared a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Sunday, one other 1.3 million individuals had been screened, bringing the weekend whole of these touring to nearly 4 million.
The CDC nonetheless recommends in opposition to nonessential flights, even for absolutely vaccinated individuals.
“We all know that after mass journey, after vaccinations, after holidays, we are inclined to see a surge in instances,” Rochelle Walensky, MD, the CDC director, told MSNBC final week.
“And so, we actually wish to ensure — once more with simply 10% of individuals vaccinated — that we’re limiting journey,” she stated.
The TSA additionally screened 1.28 million passengers on Thursday and 1.22 million passengers on Saturday, marking the eighth time this month that throughput has exceeded 1 million, Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokesperson, wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday.
“When you plan to journey, please put on a masks,” she stated.
Flight numbers are nonetheless low in contrast with earlier years. About 1.7 million individuals flew by means of U.S. airports round this time final 12 months, and about 2.5 million individuals handed by means of U.S. checkpoints right now in 2019, the TSA reported.
The newest improve is probably going associated to expanded COVID-19 vaccination and spring break season, The New York Times reported. The TSA stated that it ready for a rise in spring break journey by means of April by recruiting new staff and vaccinating checkpoint employees.
Well being officers have voiced considerations about individuals touring to packed areas for spring break, similar to Miami, the place unmasked vacationers are crowding the seashores, in keeping with the Miami Herald. The Florida Division of Well being reported greater than 5,000 new COVID-19 instances on Friday, with about 1 in 5 coming from Miami-Dade County.
“We’re getting nearer to the tip. Now isn’t the time to catch COVID,” J. Glenn Morris, MD, an infectious illness professor on the College of Florida, informed the newspaper.