Expected busy travel weekend for Thanksgiving, some say they wouldn’t feel safe getting on a plane during the pandemic

SALISBURY, Md.- Thanksgiving is almost here and for many getting on a plane and traveling for the holidays is a tradition, but things may be different this year, due to the pandemic.

“Every year on Thanksgiving I go to New York to see my family, this year I don’t want to go I’ll stay home,” Jen Tselusmond, a Salisbury resident, said.

Jacqueline Jennings, with Pidemont Airlines,  said Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel weekend of the year.

Jennings said although travel has decreased during the pandemic she feels many people will still be making trips for the holiday.

“This year won’t be as busy as normal, but we do expect to see a fair amount of people traveling through the airports this year,” Jennings said.

However, with that said, some said traveling is just not in the cards for them this year.

“You know this year, everything changed 06 we cant do what we used to do,” Tselusmond.

“No, I wouldn’t feel safe in such close quarters, I probably wouldn’t do it,” Bobby Weston Jr., a Salisbury resident, said.

While some may not feel comfortable traveling, Jennings wants to reassure people safety is at a top priority for the airport and airlines.

“You will see a lot of extra cleaning procedures, you’ll see a lot of extra safety requirements, including masks in airports and masks on aircraft,” Jennings said.

And as the airport does its part to keep everyone safe, some feel travelers need to do the same if they decide to get on a plane.

“I feel like it would be more of a personal responsibility just in case the airlines were slack or people around you are slack, it would be up to you to take care of yourself, ” Weston said.

Jennings said that people should arrive early if they are traveling due to some of the changes.

Also, she said everyone over the age of two must wear a mask on the American Airlines Airplane.

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