Thanksgiving travel protocols

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX0 – Triple-A expects less than 50 million people to travel this Thanksgiving. It’s about a 10 percent drop from 2019.

Those travelers who are heading to airports will find many COVID-19 protocols in place. FOX News Correspondent Casey Stegall has more.

Thanksgiving air travel is down by more than 50-percent from last year. Many people heeding warnings from public health officials to stay home for the holiday, but TSA officials still expect crowds with next Sunday expected to be the busiest day this holiday period.

Robert Redfield, M.D. of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “When we come home to the safety of our own setting, not wearing masks, this is where the interhousehold transmission’s occurring.”

A new CDC model predicts new coronavirus infections will nearly double over the next two months, and some officials say holiday travel may play a part in that potential surge.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “This holiday season, we have to be smarter and different than we’ve handled past holiday seasons.”

Airports enhanced safety measures for the holiday with socially distant check-in lines.

Other locations have stocked up on hand sanitizer and added more cleaning staff. Passengers say they’re taking every precaution, including flying on shorter flights to limit potential exposure.

The CDC says that virtual or outdoor gatherings still remain the safest ways to celebrate this Thanksgiving.

Casey Stegall, FOX News

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