Canceled Flights On Christmas Eve Due To Omicron Surge
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Hundreds of Christmas Eve flights were canceled in the U.S. after airlines reported staffing shortages due to the surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant. Some states are also seeing a shortage in health care workers. Nancy Chen reports, in the video published on Dec 24, 2021, “Omicron surge causes holiday travel chaos“, below:
Airlines have canceled thousands of flights globally on Christmas Eve, including hundreds of US domestic flights, as staff and crew call out sick during the Omicron surge. CNN’s Pete Muntean, Joe Johns and Kate Bolduan report on the latest developments as coronavirus cases rise in the US, in the video published on Dec 24, 2021, “Omicron surge leads to hundreds of canceled flights on Christmas Eve“, below:
United Airlines’ statement, in italics, below:
“We’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport. We’re sorry for the disruption and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays.“
TSA screened 2.19 million passengers on Thursday, December 23, 2021. According to TSA, 20 million people will fly for holiday travel in the U.S. between December 23, 2021 to January 3, 2022.
Airlines are pushing CDC to cut isolation time for breakthrough cases. The Senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns also indicates that the White House is lifting the late November travel restrictions on 8 southern African nations, effective on midnight of December 31, 2021.
Author of “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health”, Dr. Leana Wen, reminds us the shortage of workers of many essential work places such as hospitals and grocery stores and the need to have a test to return policy for workers who are testing negative to return to work after 5 days with mask wearing.
Thousands have been left stranded on one of the busiest travel days of the year as major airlines are cancelling flights. They say it’s due to a high number of staff sidelined due to COVID-19. Mike Drolet has more on how the Omicron variant is upending travel plans, published on Dec 24, 2021, “Global National: Dec. 24, 2021 | Thousands of flights cancelled as Omicron spreads“, below:
With Americans preparing to gather for the holidays, major airlines canceled flights as the omicron variant sidelined flight crews and severe weather hit parts of the country, in the video published on Dec 24, 2021, “Major Airlines Cancel Holiday Flights As Omicron Spreads“, below:
Delta Airlines cancels more flights on Christmas, in the video published on Dec 24, 2021, “Delta Airlines cancels more flights on Christmas“, below:
Several major U.S. airlines, including United, Delta and Alaska, have been forced to cancel hundreds of flights on Christmas Eve after many of their employees have become infected with the Covid-19 omicron variant. NBC News’ Sam Brock reports, in the video published on Dec 24, 2021, “Airlines Cancel Thousands Of Flights Due To Covid Omicron Variant Surge“, below:
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