Holiday air travel breaks pandemic records

Millions of Americans have flocked to the airports for holiday travel as Dr. Fauci warns of possible consequences if people treat Thanksgiving as normal.
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Let's turn to Thanksgiving and an exodus taking place. Millions are traveling for the holiday despite alerts from health experts pleading wi people to stay home and don't have those big gatherings. Dr. Anthony Fauci among them warning there could be severe consequences if there is a surge in travel and this could impact your Christmas. Gio Benitez live in New York. People are determined to travel for this holiday. Reporter: They really are, T.J. We've seen lots of travelers going through TSA checkpoints like this one and now like you said Dr. Fauci warning that travel right now will affect the next holidays. Record break numbers of travelers, more than 3 million people screened at TSA checkpoints between Friday and Sunday. Flying for the holiday despite that CDC warning not to travel. We haven't had Thanksgiving as a family in 12 years so, yeah, with flights kind of being cheap and I already hadvid. I was like, perfect, I can go somewhere. Reporter: But experts say immunity is not guaranteed and have been documented cases of reinfection and those air travel numbers don't even include the 48 million others who aaa believes will drive. Will mason says he has no choice but to travel home. His college is going virtual. It's not really the thing you want to hear is not right before you go home is don't travel, but I guess I don't really have an option there. Reporter: The travel rush isn't over. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is projected to be the busiest travel Y. Now a new warning from the nation's top infectious disease expert saying travelers today could make the surge even worse, just in time for Christmas. What we're doing now is going to be reflected two, three weeks from now. Reporter: The CDC pointing to how hard it is to stay six feet away from people at airports, bus stations, train stations and rest stops and while studies show mask use on airplanes dramatically reduces risk, experts warn about shuttles and ride sharech don't havehe same air filtration. All the airlines seem to be doing good precautions so we're just trying to play it safe and we'll just live our lives as well. Reporter: And, remember, if you're driving you probably are going to stop and get gas, maybe food and, T.J., that is where you put yourself at risk. Okay, the CDC is trying here, they're G us kind of a list of what things we're doing that are low risk and high risk when you travel. Reporter: Oh, yeah, that's right. Let's start with the lowest risk right now and that is staying home, of course, but also short trips by car with members of your household with no stops, risks get higher when you take trips with people who are not in your household or even getting on a train or a bus. Now, the CDC says the highest risk, flight, especially with layovers and getting on a small cruise ship or river boat, T.J., we have already seen cases there. All right, gio, thank you so much.

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