Texas travelers book flights amid spring break surge, despite CDC warnings
Anxious, vaccinated and ready to travel, Americans across the country are trying to make moves.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, more than 1,543,115 travelers were checked into U.S. airports last Sunday, March 21, making it the busiest day of travel in the U.S. since March 13, 2020. U.S. travelers packed airports and planes during the spring. , according to TSA. In the last 11 consecutive days, the TSA has seen an increase of 1 million plus passengers on board flights.
Newly vaccinated Texas travelers look forward to traveling to warmer climates, according to River Oaks Travel owner Dasha Westerfield.
“We are seeing an increase in people wanting to travel inland to Mexico, the Caribbean and Costa Rica,” Westerfield told Chron. “We are also seeing an increase in bookings in 2022 and at the end of 2021.”
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Westerfield said most Houstons make travel plans in advance for top cruises.
“For those interested in cruising, we have big bookings for 2022 and 2023 and that’s where availability starts to decline,” Westerfield said. “For seniors who have been vaccinated, we see them starting to travel more inland and booking these cruises. They feel better about making travel plans.”
Amid rising US travel plans, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky worries that the US will experience another COVID-19 outbreak if certain measures, such as mask use, social distance and travel avoidance, are not followed, according to CNN’s Jacqueline Howard and Christina Maxouris.
“As I said before, the continued easing of prevention measures while the cases are still high and the variations are spreading rapidly throughout the United States is a serious threat to the progress we have made as a nation,” Walensky said during a White House Home update.