The number of people traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving soared as new coronavirus cases reached 200,000 a day in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave supervision last November 19, 2020, advising Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving. However, many people still planned to travel over the holiday week. On November 20, 2020, the number of travelers screened at US airport security checkpoints exceeded 1 million for only the second time after March; The Transportation Security Administration said that’s still just 40% of the number screened on the Friday before Thanksgiving last year.

Many weary Americans desired to spend their time with their family and friends for Thanksgiving. However, they had faced another dangerous calculation as they considered dismissing travel plans at the last minute or going ahead as COVID-19 cases surged. Gail Duilio, an ex-public health nurse in Portland, Oregon, had considered not traveling to Minnesota for the holiday and her mother’s 93rd birthday. She said that, when she was making the arrangements a few weeks ago, she felt the danger vs. benefits weighed on the side of going. Travel organization AAA has announced that it foresees at least a 10% reduction in travel this Thanksgiving because of the increasing number of coronavirus cases.