4 million travelers passed through the nation’s airports since Saturday on their way to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.
The TSA screened 917,354 people at airports across the country on Monday. Security screenings at U.S. airports surpassed 2 million over the weekend, as people ignored the CDC’s warnings to avoid traveling over the holiday.
It’s a far cry from earlier this year when Americans were terrified to leave their homes amid the news media’s daily doom and gloom Covid-19 reports.
Mainstream cable news outlets saw drastic drops in TV ratings as millions of viewers fled to alternate news stations such as Newsmax and One America News (OAN) who don’t obsess over Covid-19 statistics.
Among the well-heeled travelers were Jennifer Lopez and her fiancé Alex Rodriguez who sparked outrage on social media when they shared this Instagram.com photo of their luxurious accommodations on their private jet.
Dr. Anthony Fauci ramped up his usual fear mongering, warning that 43,000 Americans will die with Covid-19 between now and Christmas.
Long lines formed outside health clinics in New York City as hundreds waited for 6-12 hours to get tested before traveling.
But NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that a negative test does not mean New Yorkers can stop wearing masks or social distancing.
De Blasio set up “checkpoints” around the city to catch people violating his strict quarantine orders over Thanksgiving.
Violators may face fines of $1,000 to $2,000, the mayor’s office has said.
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