Passengers comfortable flying during pandemic

Dan Levy
Updated: November 23, 2020 11:45 PM
Created: November 23, 2020 11:43 PM

COLONIE - Even as Coronavirus deaths continue to surge across the country, Americans are continuing to travel from city to city and from coast to coast to be with loved ones for Thanksgiving.

"You get in a crowded plane, you're in a crowded airport, you're lining up, not everybody is wearing masks, that puts yourself at risk," warns Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

People should not make the mistake that everyone is on board with what Dr. Fauci recommends.

"I don't believe (Dr. Fauci) knows what he's talking about," expressed a passenger flying in from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, "I'll be here all week and I fly back and then I'll be back here for Christmas."

He is among millions of Americans who believe -- by taking proper precautions -- there is little to worry about when traveling around the country.

"(What Dr. Fauci says) doesn't matter to me," said Mike Malone, another part time Floridian spending the holiday with family in the Capital Region.

"For elected officials to be trying to limit what we can do I'm not in agreement with that," said Gail Malone, Bill's wife.

It's not just Dr. Fauci who is cautioning the public. The Center for Disease Control is also urging Americans not to spend the holiday with people who don't live in their household.

"I respect what (the CDC) says but I also respect that people want to be with their families for the holidays," another Florida-to-New York passenger stated.

Even though the number of people flying for Thanksgiving is less than half what it was last year, three million passengers went through U.S. airport checkpoints this past weekend, marking the largest crowd since the pandemic began in mid March.

"We'll be safe when we're out in public," Gail Malone said, "But when we're amongst people that we love the most, we're going to enjoy ourselves. We're going to have a lovely Thanksgiving."

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