AAA: Nearly 85 million people will travel during holiday season
AAA says just like Thanksgiving, people are traveling in the days ahead of Christmas in the face of the pandemic.
TSA says it screened 1 million people Saturday and another 1 million on Friday - numbers not seen since the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
AAA says in total, 85 million people will be traveling - with some traveling to warmer climates. Nearly 3 million travelers are expected to book flights for the year-end holiday period, which is down 60% compared to last year.
The CDC recommends taking a COVID-19 test one to three days before travel and another three to five days after travel, plus reducing nonessential activities for seven days after travel.
The CDC and state of New Jersey are urging Americans not to travel for the holidays. According to the state, if a traveler tests positive for coronavirus, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days; and if a traveler tests negative for coronavirus, they still should quarantine for a full seven days after travel.
Airports still make up a small fraction of overall Christmas travel. AAA says road trips account for about 95% of Christmas travel.