SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – American Thanksgiving is fast approaching and according to national numbers, more than a million travelers have already been to the airport to get a jump on this year’s Thanksgiving travel craziness.
The week leading up to Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year at airports all across the country and that’s true even during a pandemic.
Although travel numbers are down about 50 percent compared to Thanksgiving week in past years. Kevin Klein, the Cherry Capital Airport Director says “it’s still busier now than it’s been for months.”
The CDC and health officials are urging Americans to host a smaller Thanksgiving gathering, limiting guests and connecting with family virtually. But there is still a stream of traffic coming into Cherry Capital.
“You need to make sure you balance your family issues with the health and safety of others.” Klein says, “Masks, hand washing, and social distancing is still important at the airport. As you’re traveling remember to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, social distancing throughout the airport terminal. There’s been a lot of recent studies that have come out that say that air travel is safe when it comes to COVID. It’s safer than going to the grocery store, safer than going to a lot of different gatherings.”
Klein goes on to say that safety measures airlines are using – including extra air filtration in the cabin – have shown that airplanes are safe during COVID.