Michiganders still travel for Thanksgiving Holiday despite CDC stay home plea

(FILE) Traveling during the holidays (Source: WVIR)
(FILE) Traveling during the holidays (Source: WVIR)((FILE) Traveling during the holidays (Source: WVIR))
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:57 PM EST
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FREELAND, Mich. (WJRT) -”There was definitely hesitation. I wasn’t sure if was worth coming to see my family and if that risk was worth it,” said traveler, Sophia Lobo.

Sophia Lobo ultimately decided to take that risk.

She flew into MBS International Airport in Freeland from New Jersey this morning-- to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with her family in Midland. Part of her trip included a packed flight from New Jersey to Chicago.

“There’s a lot of videos saying that there is a low chance of catching it on a plane, but there’s always concerns,”

Lobo wasn’t the only one weighing the pros and cons of traveling during this holiday season as we see a surge in coronavirus cases all across the country,

“I’m heading home to Frankenmuth, I’m coming from Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” said said traveler, John Macauley.

John Macauley often travels for work, something he says he has continued to do since the start of the pandemic.

“I travel everyday almost. I fly 240 flights a year and I think everything is pretty clean. Spic and span on the planes. If everybody observes their social distancing, we should pretty safe I think. A lot more dangerous sitting around the table with big group of people,” Macauley said.

Despite those extra safety efforts by airports and airlines, MBS airport manager James Canders says travel has been down 60 percent from this time last year.

“We are projecting to be still down. the hubs in other airports are seeing a dramatic increase. So there are members of the public who are still traveling and we encourage them if they are going to travel, please try to do it safely and wear a mask and social distance and do whatever than can to keep themselves safe and healthy,” said MBS manager, James Canders.

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