Americans crowding airports for Thanksgiving, despite CDC plea to stay home

In spite of a plea from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay put over Thanksgiving, Americans appear to be traveling to be with family and friends for the holiday.



a person holding a sign: Signs warn travelers of Covid-19 in New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Despite warnings from the government and politicians not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday due to the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have been flying and driving to meet friends and family for the holiday.


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Signs warn travelers of Covid-19 in New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Despite warnings from the government and politicians not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday due to the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have been flying and driving to meet friends and family for the holiday.

On Monday and Tuesday, almost a milliontravelers passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports each day.

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And according to the Transportation Security Administration, more than a million people flew Sunday, making it the single-busiest day at airport checkpoints since March, when the pandemic began to dramatically affect the airline industry. Friday also saw traffic over 1 million, Monday and Saturday both saw more than 900,000 airline

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Denver mayor offers apology for Thanksgiving travel after urging residents to stay home

He recognized that many people were “disappointed” by his decision.

On Wednesday, Mayor Michael B. Hancock headed to Mississippi to join his wife and daughter there, he said.

Earlier that day, the mayor told Denver ABC affiliate KMGH that during the holiday, “if you can, remain in your household. If you can, stay with those in your household.” If you choose to travel, he said to “do what we’ve always been asking throughout the entire experience: Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.”

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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

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Officials plead with Americans to stay home

By Susan Heavey and Maria Caspani



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A boy is wheelded on a stretcher is moved outside the ermergency room at University Medical Center in El Paso

(Reuters) – State and federal officials pleaded with Americans to stay at home and redouble efforts to curtail the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, defending unpopular public health measures as record hospitalizations pushed healthcare professionals to the brink.



a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Stephanie Anderson and her companion, Gypsy, of Los Angeles, wait to depart Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday


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Stephanie Anderson and her companion, Gypsy, of Los Angeles, wait to depart Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday

“We are on fire with COVID,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on CNN after enacting new restrictions last week including retail curbs and school closures. “We’re just trying to do the right thing.”



a couple of people on a beach with a sunset in the background: FILE PHOTO: Tourists watch the sunset at El Rodadero beach, near the Caribbean port of Santa Marta, in Rodadero


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FILE PHOTO: Tourists watch the sunset at El Rodadero beach, near the Caribbean port of Santa Marta, in Rodadero

The United States

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White House plans holiday parties as Americans urged to stay home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House plans to hold indoor holiday receptions in the coming weeks despite ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks and the advice of public health professionals urging Americans to sacrifice their normal holiday gatherings to curb the spread of the virus.

FILE PHOTO: Christmas wreaths decorate the White House in Washington, U.S. November 22, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

U.S. officials have warned against large gatherings on Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, instead urging Americans to stay home and forgo traveling to see relatives in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and protect vulnerable individuals as cases topped 12 million over the weekend.

While the White House has said President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will remain in Washington this week, skipping their annual Thanksgiving at Trump’s private club in Florida, the first lady plans to hold a holiday reception a few days later on Nov. 30, according

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Weekend air travel hits pandemic-era record, despite health officials’ pleas to stay home



a group of people standing in a train station: Travelers wearing protective face masks walking through Miami International Airport on Sunday.


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Travelers wearing protective face masks walking through Miami International Airport on Sunday.

Warnings from public health officials not to travel for Thanksgiving didn’t stop passengers from packing US airports and planes this weekend.

From Friday to Sunday, more than 3 million people passed through airport security checkpoints in the United States — a record weekend for air travel since the pandemic hit in March. Sunday was the biggest day for air travel since March 16, with 1.05 million people screened.

US health officials have pleaded with the American public not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday this week as new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths soar. Friday saw a one-day record of 196,000 new US cases, according to Johns Hopkins.

The airlines say that the cleaning procedures used between flights, the exchange of fresh air in the cabin throughout flights and the

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Health officials renew pleas to stay home over Thanksgiving as millions flock to airports

Health officials continue to beg Americans to stay home during Thanksgiving, but for many, the warnings are coming too late. Airports from Arizona to Illinois were jam-packed over the weekend, and more than 2 million people passed through TSA checkpoints on Friday and Saturday — the busiest two-day period since March.



a group of people with luggage at an airport: Travelers walk through Miami International Airport on Sunday.


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Travelers walk through Miami International Airport on Sunday.

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Essential California Week in Review: Stay home, again

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Nov. 21.

Here’s a look at the top stories of the last week:

New pandemic crackdowns. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a curfew starting Saturday throughout most of California to combat a surge in new coronavirus cases, days after the state rolled back reopenings. The new rules will apply to those living in counties in the most restrictive “purple” tier of the state’s reopening roadmap.

The third wave is the hardest. Experts say this wave of infections is particularly troubling because “we never got back down” to a low baseline number of cases, and now we’re fatigued and entering a season spent

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Four Reasons the Stay-at-Home Economy Is Here to Stay

Technology has helped make life tolerable in the pandemic. And whenever it becomes normal again to leave the house for work, school and shopping, we won’t be going back to the way it was. What were conveniences before the pandemic now seem necessities that we’re unlikely to give up even after there’s widespread immunity to the coronavirus. And there are a number of reasons this new stay-at-home economy will likely be an important part of the new normal.

First, companies have made huge investments in the infrastructure needed to deliver goods and services to our homes quickly and efficiently, which means those products are now easier to use and often less expensive. Second, families have also invested in the services and gadgets to keep their members safe and sated while sheltering in place. Third, our habits have changed: Many people have gotten over the “hump” of adopting new technologies earlier

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Denver mayor pleads with residents as new COVID-19 restrictions take effect: “Please stay home”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock pleaded with residents Friday to stay home as new COVID-19 restrictions go into effect in the city and Denver County. 

“I’m asking, I’m urging, I’m pleading with everyone: Please stay home,” he said. “Please only go out for essential services.”

The mayor suggested buying a small turkey for Thanksgiving this year and urged people to celebrate only with those they live with.

“I know this is hard. I know you hate this. I hate this,” he said. “But we are doing our best to avoid a complete shutdown of our economy and, as our governor put it the other day, a catastrophic breach of our hospital system. We are trying our very best to protect lives and to protect livelihoods.”

Denver was one of 15 counties in Colorado that moved to “Level Red” on Friday due to a surge of COVID-19 cases. Level Red indicates “severe

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