Air Travel is Roaring Back, But Many Doors Remain Closed to Visitors

Risk to Travelers Continues to Lower, Says Fauci

People crossing a street in Honolulu in pre-pandemic days

By Anna Breuer on 12 April 2021
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The year 2021 is not only the first year of the decade some choose to refer to as the Roaring Twenties but it also marks the year when travel began to recover with significant force.

Data from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration from this weekend shows that travel continues the high level it reached during the Passover/Easter holiday break.

The number of travelers who traversed the nation’s airport security checkpoints on Sunday was 1.56 million.

The United States averaged more than 1.4 million travelers over the past eight days, a trend that echoes the busy holiday travel period.

The increase comes in lockstep with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said that Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, that is having had both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of the Jannsen vaccine, could travel safely provided they take basic precautions such as donning face masks.

As of Sunday, in the United States, over 45% of the population over the age of 18 – some 116 million people – had received at least a first inoculation, while over 70 million people – or 27.3% of the same population – had received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

The risk to travelers will only get lower as more people get vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci said earlier in March.

“It is a risk to fly, but it’s a small risk,” Fauci said on the CNN Morning Break news program. “The more infection you get in the community, the greater the risk. So, if we get more and more people vaccinated, by the time we get to the summer, the risk of flying will be even less than it is now.”

It’s important to note that, despite the increase, travel remains very regionalized, with tourists favoring warm weather locations such as Florida, Texas, and Mexico. Many typical tourist destinations such as Austria, England, France, Germany, and Japan remain closed to leisure travelers.

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