Air travel exceeded 1 million daily passengers in the United States throughout the weekend before Christmas, the TSA reported, breaking the record for most weekend travelers since the pandemic took over the country in March.
Although the daily figures remain less than half the number of passengers detected last year, according to The Washington Post, the 3.2 million passengers traveling on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays exceeded the number of Thanksgiving trips and marks the only time since during the pandemic in which more than 1 million passenger planes boarded three days in a row. The number of passengers fluctuated just under 1 million on Monday and Tuesday.
Health officials have warned Americans to stay home this holiday season and keep the holidays small. The CDC also encouraged virtual gatherings for families to celebrate with those in their own households, to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
But the numbers show that many are not discouraged by the pandemic. The CDC has urged travelers to purchase COVID-19 tests before and after, but tests are not mandatory.
The death toll could reach 450,000 by February, the CDC warned earlier this month.
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