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Holiday air travel surges despite dire health warnings



FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, a traveler wears a mask as she walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)


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FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, a traveler wears a mask as she walks through Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the greatest number since the pandemic gripped the country in March, despite pleas from health experts for Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving.

The Transportation Security Administration screened at least 1 million people on four of the last 10 days through Sunday. That’s still half the crowd recorded last year at airports, when more than 2 million people were counted per day.

With new reported cases of coronavirus spiking across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued a warning against Thanksgiving travel just a week before the holiday.

Some airlines had reported a pullback in bookings as virus cases grew. On Monday, JetBlue Airways said “booking trends remain volatile,” and a recovery in travel demand will be uneven into next year.

JetBlue, the nation’s sixth-largest airline, plans to fly only half its normal schedule in the fourth quarter and revenue will fall about 70% from the same period last year. Those are slightly deeper reductions in flying and revenue than the New York carrier had expected before the recent spike in infections.



FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, travelers walk through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)


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FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, travelers walk through Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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US air travel hits a pandemic-era high over Thanksgiving holiday

More people passed through US airport security checkpoints on Sunday than on any other single day since the coronavirus pandemic cratered air travel, according to the Transportation Security Administration.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: SEATAC, WA - NOVEMBER 29: Travelers pass through security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on November 29, 2020 in SeaTac, Washington. Public health experts warn that COVID-19 cases may surge following holiday travel, as the U.S. surpasses 4 million cases so far this month. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)


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SEATAC, WA – NOVEMBER 29: Travelers pass through security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on November 29, 2020 in SeaTac, Washington. Public health experts warn that COVID-19 cases may surge following holiday travel, as the U.S. surpasses 4 million cases so far this month. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

TSA said it screened 1.17 million people on Sunday when many Americans were heading home from their Thanksgiving travels. That was 41% of the 2.9 million people screened by TSA on the same day in 2019. Thanksgiving 2019 set a TSA record.

That means more than 9.4 million people have been screened in the Thanksgiving travel window, which began on the Friday before the holiday.

Since the pandemic gutted air travel in mid-March, checkpoints have screened more than one million passengers on only five days. Four occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against Thanksgiving travel, fearing families mingling would spread the virus.

Public health officials this weekend recommended those who did travel for Thanksgiving should quarantine themselves and get tested for the coronavirus as cases surge nationwide.

White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said Sunday she is “deeply worried” Thanksgiving travel will cause another virus spike.

“We know people may have made mistakes … over the Thanksgiving time period,” she said in a Sunday interview on CBS. “If your family traveled, you have to assume that you are exposed and you became infected and you really need to get tested in the next week.”

Airlines have argued travel on an airplane is very safe — safer than being in many other public spaces — because of hospital-grade air filtration and ventilation that regularly replaces air in the cabin.

But there has been less study about other parts of the air travel experience — including crowded airport lines and shuttle buses.

And then there’s the risk of spread when travelers arrive at their destination.

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Air Travel Declines 40% Pre-Thanksgiving

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Compared With 2019, Air Travel Drops 40% for Wednesday Before Thanksgiving

Despite the drop, it’s actually the busiest U.S. airports have been since the pandemic first hit in March, according to Deutsche Bank data. That raises concerns that the holidays could become “super-spreader events,” the bank’s economist says.

A continued surge in Covid-19 cases could lead to more strict lockdowns and limits on travel and gatherings. More shutdowns would cut down on economic activity, though probably not as severely as the initial stages of the pandemic early this year.

Investors didn’t seem too worried about the holiday shopping season, at least. Stocks closed at new highs on Friday.

Zoom Video Communications’ Quarterly Sales Grew 300% From Same Quarter in 2019

The videoconferencing company is set to report earnings today after the close of trading. It’s expected to post profits of 76 cents per share, more than 25 times higher than its earnings from the same period last year.

Zoom is one of the biggest winners from the pandemic, as people work remotely, and video call their family and friends to avoid spreading Covid-19.

So its sales and profits have skyrocketed over the past nine months. Its stock has, too—Zoom shares are up 585% so far this year.

Tesla’s Stock-Market Valuation Hits $544 Billion

It briefly had a larger equity-market capitalization than Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, during the abbreviated trading day Friday.

The electric car maker’s stock has soared 600% this year—and it now has a larger market cap than Ford and General Motors combined. When it had exceeded Berkshire Hathaway, it had the sixth-highest stock market valuation in the U.S., behind tech giants such as Amazon, Apple and Microsoft.

Tesla posted a profit in the second quarter, which has made it eligible for inclusion in the S&P 500—it will be added to the large-cap index on Dec. 21. Traders have cheered the news, and the stock has gained more than 40% since the announcement.

But the optimism might not last. Stocks often rally until their addition to the index, and then decline after they are actually added.

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Air Canada Launches Unique Holiday Campaign Celebrating The Gift Of Travel

Air Canada just launched the Gift of Travel, an integrated initiative that pays homage to the actions of community heroes who are making a memorable impact when helping their fellow Canadians during Covid-19. The program focuses on hope and optimism to raise funds and Aeroplan points for Canadian charitable organizations and it also offers people dreaming of travel a new flexible travel pass product.

 “Canadians from across the country have shown remarkable resilience, solidarity and generosity in the face of COVID-19 and we were inspired hearing stories of people who dedicated their time and energy to caring for others, making a memorable impact on other people’s lives. We are proud to launch this campaign with our Gift of Travel video featuring heartwarming stories of community heroes and share the gift of travel through a message of hope and optimism from our employees as we all look forward to brighter days ahead,” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer at Air Canada. “We are also proud to continue our long-standing effort through the Air Canada Foundation in supporting communities through its inaugural Gift of Travel auction and the annual Aeroplan Matching Campaign.” 

The Gift of Travel campaign also features stories on Air Canada’s social media platforms that center on the inspirational work Air Canada employees are doing to make a difference in their own communities. 

Gift of Travel Auction

On December 1, 2020 the Air Canada Foundation will launch its first ever online Gift of Travel Auction. The auction will feature an array of more than a hundred unique aviation items, such as special travel-related experiences, including the opportunity to own pieces of aviation history and the chance to fly on an aircraft simulator. Other auction items include an incredible kids’ ride-on airplane and a private dinner with one of Air Canada’s celebrated Canadian Chefs.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Gift of Travel Auction will be distributed by the Air Canada Foundation to Canadian charitable organizations that are focused on the health and wellness of children and youth.

Matching Campaign Week

In addition to the Gift of Travel Auction, the annual Aeroplan Matching Campaign week supporting the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program also returns. The campaign allows Aeroplan members to give the gift of health by connecting sick children to the medical care they need away from home.

From December 7 to December 13, 2020, members who donate Aeroplan points to the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program will double the impact of their contribution with all donated points matched up to 500,000 points. You can read more about the Gift of Travel initiative on the Air Canada website.

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U.S. air travel hit post-March peak on day before Thanksgiving

Despite warnings from public health officials, more people in the U.S. boarded planes on the day before Thanksgiving than any day since March, part of a broader surge in travel that comes amid a significant surge of Covid-19 cases.



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According to Transportation Security Administration figures, 1,070,967 people crossed TSA checkpoints Wednesday, part of a surge in travel in the seven days leading up to Thanksgiving that brought more than 6.8 million people to airports across the country.

But overall travel remains significantly lower than years past. Wednesday’s figure is less than half as many of the 2.6 million who traveled the day before Thanksgiving in 2019.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a last-minute warning on Nov. 19 asking Americans to avoid travelling for Thanksgiving due to “exponential growth” in Covid-19 cases.

More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. contracted Covid-19 in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, close to double the 635,000-plus new cases three weeks before that. Case counts continue to be up across most of the country.

The 1.1 million travelers on Wednesday was the most passengers screened by the TSA since March 16, when 1.25 million passengers crossed its checkpoints. Similarly, the 6.8 million travelers in the week leading up to Thanksgiving were the most in any seven-day span since March 14 to March 20.

According to flight-tracking service FlightRadar24, there were more airplanes in the skies at noon Eastern the Tuesday before Thanksgiving than there were on the same Tuesday in 2018, and 8 percent fewer than in 2019.

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US air travel sets a pandemic-era record despite calls to stay home for Thanksgiving

The number of travelers passing through airport security checkpoints in the United States reached its highest level since mid-March on Wednesday despite urging from federal health officials for Americans to spend Thanksgiving at home.



a group of people walking down the street: Millions of passengers have passed through US airport security in the past week, according to the TSA.


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Millions of passengers have passed through US airport security in the past week, according to the TSA.

In a pandemic-era record, 1,070,967 people passed through security at America’s airports on the day before Thanksgiving. That number is just 40% of last year’s passenger volume on the same day, when 2,602,631 people were screened.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving, but since that warning was issued nearly 6 million travelers have passed through airport security.

The TSA receives passenger information from the airlines as part of its screening responsibilities, and the data does not show widespread cancellations in recent days, TSA spokesman Andy Post said.

From September to October, the number of scheduled available seats departing US airports was down nearly 50% compared to the same timeframe last year. Due to increased demand, that number is only down 39% for the Thanksgiving holiday period, according to Airlines for America, a trade association that represents major North American airlines.

While Wednesday was busy, industry groups expect the Sunday after the holiday to be even busier.

The number of travelers passing through airport security amid the coronavirus surge is concerning, but many Americans are heeding the warnings from officials and health experts.

Sixty-one percent of Americans said they changed their Thanksgiving plans, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Axios-Ipsos. More surprising is that nearly one in 10 Americans that were polled say they do not plan to celebrate the holiday at all.

The country added 181,490 new Covid-19 cases and had 2,297 reported deaths on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US has posted over 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the 23rd consecutive day.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the percentage of available seats departing US airports. It is down 50% compared to the same timeframe last year.

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Largest Spike in Air Travel Since March Reported Day Before Thanksgiving as COVID Hospitalizations Reach All Time High

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported its largest spike in air travel since March 16 on Wednesday as millions of Americans took to the skies the week of Thanksgiving.



a group of people wearing costumes: Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on November 25, 2020, in West Hollywood, California. According to the TSA’s records, more people traveled on Wednesday than on any other day since March 16.


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Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on November 25, 2020, in West Hollywood, California. According to the TSA’s records, more people traveled on Wednesday than on any other day since March 16.

The number of air travel passengers reported over the last week is significantly lower than the number reported a year ago, however, as health officials across the U.S. continued to warn Americans to avoid travel and other activities that could lead to further spread of the novel coronavirus.

Despite the warnings, the TSA pointed Newsweek to records that show 1,070,967 individuals passed through agency checkpoints at airports across the U.S. on Wednesday. The last time the TSA’s number of reported travelers exceeded that number was on March 16 when 1,257,823 people traveled by air. States began announcing stay-at-home orders in response to the pandemic three days later.

There have been only four days since March 16 when the agency’s records show that more than one million people passed through TSA checkpoints on a single day, including Wednesday and two other days in the last week. In contrast, the TSA regularly recorded more than two million people on average travel days last year. The difference in air travel during the week of Thanksgiving between this year and 2019 represents a decline of about 60 percent, according to the Associated Press.

As of Thursday, November 26, more than 12.7 million people across the country had been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began and more than 262,000 people died after contracting the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University’s data tracker. The number of reported cases in the U.S. has been steadily rising in recent weeks, with the tracker showing more than 1.2 million new cases reported in the last week alone. More Americans were also receiving treatment for COVID-19 in hospitals this week than at any other time since the pandemic began, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

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As the number of new infections continued rising, health care professionals throughout the U.S. have been sounding the alarm about what rising numbers of COVID-19-related hospitalizations will mean for hospitals, many of which are already struggling to meet their needs in terms of supplies, staffing and space for patient care.

In anticipation of a post-Thanksgiving surge, government officials at the local and state levels have spent the bulk of this month warning Americans to avoid travel and to limit their exposure to individuals with whom they do not live. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a set of guidelines for Thanksgiving celebrations and Thanksgiving travel, which include wearing a mask while around others, practicing social distancing, becoming familiar with

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Thanksgiving week air travel is expected to set a pandemic-era record despite calls to stay home

Thanksgiving week air travel is expected to remain strong enough to set a pandemic-era record despite urging from federal health officials to spend the holiday at home.



a group of people walking down the street: Millions of passengers have passed through US airport security in the last week, according to the TSA.


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Millions of passengers have passed through US airport security in the last week, according to the TSA.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Americans to not travel for Thanksgiving last week — but that didn’t stop more than 1 million travelers from passing through US airport security on Sunday and more than 900,000 on Tuesday, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Since the CDC issued that warning, nearly 5 million people have boarded airplanes. The agency receives passenger information from the airlines as part of its screening responsibilities, and the data does not show widespread cancellations in recent days, TSA spokesman Andy Post said.

From September to October, the number of scheduled available seats departing US airports was down nearly 50% compared to the same timeframe last year. Due to increased demand, that number is only down 39% for the Thanksgiving holiday period, according to Airlines for America, a trade association that represents major North American airlines.

Still, officials still expect Sunday — when everyone heads home from their holiday travels — to be the busiest day of travel since the pandemic began.

While the number of travelers passing through airport security on Sunday is concerning, many Americans are heeding the warnings from officials and health experts. Sixty-one percent of Americans said they changed their Thanksgiving plans, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Axios-Ipsos. More surprising is that nearly one in 10 Americans that were polled say they do not plan to celebrate the holiday at all.

The country added 172,935 new Covid-19 cases and had 2,146 reported deaths on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Tuesday also marks the fifth highest single day for new cases during the pandemic, and the US has posted over 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the 22nd consecutive day. The US is now averaging 174,225 new cases per day, which is up 11% from last week.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the percentage of available seats departing US airports. It is down 50% compared to the same timeframe last year.

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Thanksgiving week air travel is expected to set a pandemic era-record despite officials calls to stay home

Thanksgiving week air travel is expected to remain strong enough to set a pandemic era-record despite urging from federal health officials to spend the holiday at home.



a group of people walking down the street: Millions of passengers have passed through US airport security in the last week, according to the TSA.


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Millions of passengers have passed through US airport security in the last week, according to the TSA.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Americans to not travel for Thanksgiving last week — but that didn’t stop more than 1 million travelers from passing through US airport security on Sunday and more than 900,000 on Tuesday, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Since the CDC issued that warning, nearly 5 million people have boarded airplanes. The agency receives passenger information from the airlines as part of its screening responsibilities, and the data does not show widespread cancellations in recent days, TSA spokesman Andy Post said.

From September to October, the number of scheduled available seats departing US airports was up nearly 50% compared to the same timeframe last year. That number dropped down to nearly 39% for the Thanksgiving holiday period, according to Airlines for America, a trade association that represents major North American airlines.

Still, officials still expect Sunday — when everyone heads home from their holiday travels — to be the busiest day of travel since the pandemic began.

While the number of travelers passing through airport security on Sunday is concerning, many Americans are heeding the warnings from officials and health experts. Sixty-one percent of Americans said they changed their Thanksgiving plans, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Axios-Ipsos. More surprising is that nearly one in 10 Americans that were polled say they do not plan to celebrate the holiday at all.

The country added 172,935 new Covid-19 cases and had 2,146 reported deaths on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Tuesday also marks the fifth highest single day for new cases during the pandemic, and the US has posted over 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the 22nd consecutive day. The US is now averaging 174,225 new cases per day, which is up 11% from last week.

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Thanksgiving Air Travel Down 60 Percent From Last Year, as Officials Tell People to Stay Home

In a sign that many people are heeding officials’ request to stay home for Thanksgiving, airplane travel in the days leading up to Thanksgiving is down about 60 percent from the same time last year.



a group of people wearing costumes: Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on Wednesday in West Hollywood, California. Holiday plane travel is down dramatically from last year, but for the first time since March, more than 1 million people passed through TSA checkpoints in one day.


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Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on Wednesday in West Hollywood, California. Holiday plane travel is down dramatically from last year, but for the first time since March, more than 1 million people passed through TSA checkpoints in one day.

Cases of a new coronavirus in the United States have now surpassed 12 million. With spikes in cases occurring across the country, deaths on Tuesday were higher than they’ve been in six months. Officials urged people to stay home and imposed quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors. While more people are traveling than health experts would like, there’s been a significant decrease from the usual holiday influx via plane travel.

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Historically, more people travel around Thanksgiving than any other time of the year, and the Wednesday before the turkey-centric holiday is the busiest travel day of the year. However, as has been the case since the pandemic started, the outbreak stunted travel around the holiday. About 1.52 million fewer people traveled on Tuesday than on the Tuesday before last year’s Thanksgiving.

From Thursday until Tuesday, the biggest drop in travelers was on Friday when 1.53 million fewer people went through TSA checkpoints than the same day of the week last year. Since Friday, about 6.9 million fewer people have passed through TSA checkpoints, a 58 percent decline from 2019, according to data from the agency.

Despite the significant decrease in travelers from last year, the number of people making their way through airports is higher than it’s been since the pandemic started.

Before mid-March, it was common to have a million people or more passing through TSA checkpoints. But daily travelers dropped below a million on March 17 and hadn’t surpassed the benchmark for eight months. That changed on Friday when 1,019,836 people passed through TSA checkpoints.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), acknowledged during a Wednesday interview with Good Morning America that it’s difficult not to gather for Thanksgiving because it’s filled with beautiful traditions. However, he said sacrificing now would prevent a rise in infections and deaths, a message officials have been touting since the start of the pandemic.

This time around, Fauci said the end is in sight because of the development of three effective vaccines. The first doses of the vaccines could be administered within 24 hours of the drug companies receiving an Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—according to General Gustave Perna, who is heading “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration’s plan to produce 300 million doses of a vaccine before the end

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