Both New York state and Washington, DC, reported record infection numbers on Thursday.
Flying has an increased risk due to a lack of vaccine requirement and an inconsistent adherence by some to fully keeping on their masks, such that «this could be a much more safer activity than it currently is,» Choo told CNN’s Laura Coates on Thursday.
«Speak up when you see those around you not wearing masks. This is not a time to be polite and let people do what they feel like doing. It’s really about keeping everyone safe,» she said.
More than 500 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the US, per CDC data. Nearly 62% of all Americans are fully inoculated, and more than 34% of fully vaccinated adults have received a booster.
Traveling difficulties expected
At least 2.08 million travelers were screened at US airports on Wednesday, higher than on the same weekday in 2019, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The agency anticipates 20 million people will fly between December 23 and January 3, rivaling figures from 2019.
«The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,» said a United memo obtained by CNN.
Delta Air Lines has canceled 118 Christmas Eve flights, according to FlightAware, roughly 5% of its total schedule.
«Delta teams have exhausted all options and resources — including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying,» the airline said in a statement.
Alaska Airlines announced it canceled 17 flights Thursday because of Omicron and more cancellations are possible on Christmas Eve.
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