Millions travel this holiday season

MEDFORD, Ore. – Millions are traveling this holiday season, despite warnings from health officials to stay home. The Rogue Valley International Medford Airport told NBC5 it’s been a busy week for them. The Security Director for Medford’s airport made it very clear if you’re sick it’s best to rethink your holiday plans, especially if you’re flying.

The holiday season is known for its increase in foot traffic and it’s best to be safe than sorry.  If you decide to travel, the CDC said to always wear a mask over your nose and mouth.

“If you’re sick stay home. And I know a lot of people don’t want to hear that because they may have booked that flight and they don’t want to lose that money. But contact the air carrier or the airline you’re traveling with they’ll probably be able to work with because they rather if you’re sick stay home than fly,” said Smith.

Many airlines are giving out disinfectant wipes before boarding. However, the CDC said that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t carry your own wipes and hand sanitizer.

Those long lines could lead to long waits, so it’s important to be patient and prepared before heading to the airport.

The latest numbers from the TSA show nearly 1.2 million people were traveling yesterday. Last year, on the same day, that number was close to 2 million.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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