In the midst of a boom in travel, authorities at Los Angeles International Airport offer some timely advice for travelers traveling out for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Passenger traffic a Los Angeles’ biggest airport, LAX, is already returning to pre-pandemic levels, so allow additional time to avoid traffic jams, locate a parking space, and clear airport security.
If you need to get a COVID-19 test or vaccinated, set aside considerably more time.
Officials also urge passengers to bring their face masks, which are required at airports and on flights in the United States.
According to AAA, 3.3 million people will travel for the Fourth of July vacation, up 46 percent from last year.
Meanwhile, during the month of May, LAX surpassed 4 million travelers. That’s the highest number since February 2020, when the epidemic first began. It’s also up from May of last year by more than 600 percent.
“We have the potential to set a couple more records this week,” Heath Montgomery, LAX public relations director, said. “Probably on Friday, probably also on Sunday.” “If we can get 95 to 100,000 people through the checkpoints per day, that will be a significant achievement for us.” We haven’t been this busy since March of 2020.
Due to increased demand for air travel and labor constraints, several airlines have forced to cancel hundreds of flights. Other reasons include unusually poor weather and suppliers’ struggles to return to full work.
In an exclusive interview with local airport staff who requested not to be named in fear of their personal safety, they revealed that the airport is not doing enough to keep passengers and staff safe.
“Only 40% of people having Covid-19 will ever show fever. That means 6 out of every 10 people can go undetected. Staff doesn’t get enough time to go out and take some fresh air. Do you know how it feels to work a 12-hour shift boiling in a filthy mask, wearing high heels doing the ‘fake friendly’ thing? It is not easy, let me tell you that!”
Montgomery shared to following statement in regards to the recent travel spike.
“All of the airlines across the country and the world have been working hard to address pilot shortages and make sure that crews are coming back and airport staff are coming back. Really we’re seeing a surge in travel demand and everybody is working to meet that demand right now.”