Transcript for 4 million have hit the skies as TSA predicts more travelers
A lot of news. A live look at hartsfield-jackson airport in Atlanta. Millions the country are hitting the roads and skies for Thanksgiving despite warnings from health experts to stay home. A startling image right there. This is the daily death toll topping 2,000 for the first time since may. Dr. Anthony Fauci is joining us with the latest on what we need to know ahead of the holiday weekend but gio Benitez is joining us from Laguardia airport with more on the Thanksgiving exodus. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, Cecilia, good morning. We are definitely seeing a lot more travelers today. This is exactly what the head of TSA told us would happen but now this morning health officials are very concerned. Take a look. This could be one of the busiest travel days of the season with air travelers already breaking records during the pandemic, more than 4 million people hitting the skies since Friday. Now TSA administrator telling "Gma" that he expects more travelers. Between 900 and a million passengers on there Wednesday before thanksgivnd probably the busiest day of the entire weekend is going to be the Sunday, the return day. Reporter: TSA lines have long been considered one of the riskiest part, so many packed together touching those bins. Pekoske tells us they have opened more lanes. The idea is to allow passengers to social distance while queued up for screening? Sara is flying from Ohio to Pennsylvania to be with her family. Cincinnati and philly airports relatively empty. People in masks. Just made it through security and took me about five minutes. Reporter: Social distancing at some airports can be hard. Just look at these images and don't expect empty middle seats on most flights. You may see some crowded planes like this. With Thanksgiving around the corner, testing sites across the country have cars lining up for hours as families hope T test negative before gathering together. Health officials are warning against a false sense of security. If you're negative today, you could be positive by Thanksgiving or Friday. Reporter: This as the covid crisis worsens across the country. Another day of record hospitalizations and for the first time since may, deaths surpassed 2,000 per day. The midwest getting hit hard, Montana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri now seeing the most positive tests. Montana at an 18.71% positivity rate. A glimmer of hope in Iowa where just last week, the governor implemented a mask mandate. The state seeing a slight decline in the number of new cases. And the CDC considering reducing the quarantine period for people exposed to the virus. Instead of 14 days, down to 7 to 10 days, the government hope the change will get more people to we know about 48 million people are expected to drive for the if you're doing that, the CDC ys you should go ahead and only drive with members of your own household and try to make as few stops as possible to limit exposure.
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