Labor Day Travelers Return Enforce
According to the latest data published by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on September 5, 2021, U.S. air travelers have returned to 2019 levels.
The TSA's latest report shows about 2.1 million American air passengers were screened on September 3rd, matching the pre-COVID-19 pandemic volume recorded in 2019.
This Labor Day holiday increase may be the opposite action U.S. CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D. recommended to about 47% of Americans in early September 2021.
"First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said during a recent White House briefing.
Dr. Walensky also carefully vaccinated people to be cautious, advising them that they consider their risk of developing COVID-19 when making Labor Day weekend plans.
"People who are fully vaccinated, and who are wearing masks, can travel," Walensky said.
"Although given where we are with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling," reported NPR. On September 4, 2021, the CDC reported that only 53% of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
As of August 30th, the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination was updated regarding international travel.