COVID, Weather Cause Travel Delays Over Holiday

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With surging COVID-19 cases in the U.S., airlines are feeling the burn, with hundreds of flight cancellations and a recommendation from infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci to implement a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel.

Reuters reported Monday (Dec. 27) that these travel issues saw thousands of people stranded in airport queues and clogging company phone lines to work out fights, even long periods of time after they were booked.

Airlines have seen many staffing issues in the last few weeks, with the omicron variantā€™s spread keeping those who fell ill in quarantine. The omicron variant has also been reported to be more contagious than those before it.

The average number of new U.S. cases has risen 55% to more than 205,000 per day over the last week, per Reuters.

Fauci said a vaccine mandate for domestic travel could be ā€œreasonable to consider,ā€ but President Joe Biden didnā€™t say whether he would be endorsing…

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