As the pandemic rages, more are flying despite CDC pleas not to travel for Thanksgiving

Americans are flocking to airports for travel ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the country and after the Centers for Disease Control pleaded with Americans not to travel.

More than 1 million air travelers passed through security checkpoints at U..S airports on Friday for only the second time since the pandemic began, according to the TSA. On Saturday, the travel numbers neared one million, bringing the two-day total to more than two million passengers.

The flock of Friday travelers came a day after the CDC issued its warning against holiday traveling. During a news briefing Thursday, Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said the agency recommended “against travel during the Thanksgiving period.”

“The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members is coming to this family gathering and they could end up severely ill, hospitalized or dying. And we don’t want that to happen,” he said, as the number of COVID-19 cases ticks up across the country. “These times are tough.”

Warning: CDC recommends that Americans don’t travel for Thanksgiving

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