Air Travel Starting to Slow Down Again Due to COVID-19 Delta Variant

  • How long the mask mandate was extended until
  • What the CDC Recommends when it comes to traveling

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the mask mandate on planes, trains, and buses until early 2022. As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread across the United States, air travel is starting to slow down. Flight ticket sales are down as much as 20% from just a couple weeks ago, The TSA also reported the biggest drop off of passengers since April, screening 1.7 million people nationwide.

Commercial airlines are now seeing more and more cancellations, and are expecting cancellations to continue for the next month or two. Due to the fact less people are feeling safe to fly, ticket prices are starting to get cheaper, reportedly down $75 from the end of June. Looking ahead, if you’re thinking of flying this fall AAA says stay up to date on CDC guidelines and consider getting travel insurance. It could help protect you and cover any expenses you may face because of cancellations. 

The CDC strongly recommends that people only travel when necessary right now and take proper precautions when doing so. This includes masking up, getting tested, and self-monitoring for symptoms of the coronavirus. If you’ve got a trip on your schedule and are looking to take extra precautions, we’ve rounded up a list of essentials to keep handy while traveling to help protect you and stop the spread.  

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