The COVID-19 immunization has given Americans the opportunity to travel and accumulate with friends and family again this Independence Day, driving air and street go numbers up to levels inconspicuous since the start of the pandemic.
Tamas Gyalay is among the 3.5 million explorers expected to go through U.S. air terminals over the Fourth of July weekend, which will be the most active travel time frame since the beginning of the pandemic.
“You can video chat all you want, but you’re missing a lot of social contact that way, so that’s the thing I look most forward to. Reconnecting with loved ones,” Gyalay disclosed to CBS News reporter Dina Demetrius as he arranged to get onto a departure from Los Angeles.
Interestingly, air screening numbers have outperformed pre-pandemic levels. The Transportation Security Administration screened 2,147,090 Thursday, July 1, as per CBS News transportation journalist Errol Barnett. AAA is expecting air make a trip this end of the week to flood to 164% of its level during a similar period in 2020.
In any case, specialist deficiencies across the air travel industry could mean significant delays at air terminals for travelers anxious to rejoin with loved ones.
“Airlines, airports and the TSA, I think, were all surprised by how quickly travel has rebounded,” said Henry Harteveldt, travel industry examiner at Atmosphere Research Group.