Tips for safe Thanksgiving air travel


The number of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be near pre-pandemic levels, but public health officials are urging people to take precautions as the risk of transmission of the coronavirus remains — especially for those who who are not vaccinated.

LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Thursday reminded residents to “manage [their] Thanksgiving with a lot of care” to prevent a spike in cases.

“We’re going to be taking some basic safety precautions to make sure the activities we do on Thanksgiving mean that we don’t have a really bad time over the winter break because of people being hospitalized, really sick, quarantined or in isolation,” she said.

Here are some Thanksgiving safety tips from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the LA County Department of Public Health:

air travel

  • Postpone travel until fully vaccinated.
  • Before traveling, check the COVID-19 situation in your destination. State, local and territorial governments may have travel restrictions.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required indoors on public transit (including airplanes) and indoors at US transportation hubs (including airports).
  • Do not travel if you have been exposed to the coronavirus, are ill or have tested positive.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and need to travel, get tested both before and after your trip.


  • Enclosed spaces with poor air circulation.
  • Crowded places where many people from different households are staying.
  • Close contact environments, especially when people are talking or laughing close together.

Thanksgiving tips

  • If you are sick, have symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19, stay away from others.
  • Take a COVID-19 test before joining others.
  • Wear face masks when meeting indoors with people outside of your household, except for eating and drinking. Bring a mask to wear outside if the gathering is crowded, especially among those who are unvaccinated or at increased risk of serious illness.
  • Unless everyone is fully vaccinated, keep your distance while eating. Arrange tables so people are seated with others from the same household whenever possible, and keep non-household members apart.
  • Keep your hands clean. Tips for safe Thanksgiving air travel

Russell Falcon

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