Millions plan on traveling for Thanksgiving despite coronavirus warnings

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Thanksgiving holiday marks one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, and despite COVID-19 warnings from the CDC and other health experts, millions of people still plan on traveling.

Thanksgiving travelers have already started their trips to visit family and friends for the holidays, with some on the road, some on trains, and others on planes.

Several air travelers say the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport made them feel safe when flying home for the holidays.

“We feel safe. That’s why we’re going,” said the Haynes family. “We were supposed to go in March, actually, and it got postponed 10 days after March 13th, when everything kind-of shut down, so we’ve been waiting and waiting. We finally got the opportunity, and we’re ready. We’re ready to live.”

The American Automobile Association predicts air travel will be down by nearly 50 percent this Thanksgiving, with approximately 2.4 million Americans expected to fly despite the health warnings.

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