Millions of Americans are taking to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire.
They are disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.
Those who are flying are witnessing a distinctly 2020 landscape at the nation’s airports: plexiglass barriers in front of the ID stations, rapid virus testing sites inside terminals and paperwork asking them to quarantine upon arrival.
While the number of Americans traveling by air over the past several days was down dramatically from the same time last year, many pressed ahead with their holiday plans amid skyrocketing deaths, hospitalizations and confirmed infections across the U.S.
Some were tired of more than eight months of social distancing and determined to spend time with loved ones.