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Fewer Thanksgiving travelers, but some take flight despite health officials’ warnings


Gone are the long lines for airport security, the backed-up traffic greeting family members visiting for Thanksgiving and the chaotic ritual of jostling among crowds to pick up luggage.

As the Thanksgiving holiday week got underway Saturday, Bay Area airports were quiet, at times nearly empty — perhaps an encouraging sign travelers are heeding health officials’ pleas to avoid family gatherings that might risk further infections amid a nationwide coronavirus surge.

Still, tens of thousands of Californians were expected to fly and millions of others to hit the roads and rails this week despite the warnings.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Jennifer Barlow prepares to board a plane for Louisiana, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at San Francisco International Airport, as she travels home for Thanksgiving. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Lucy Warutumo, left, along with her nieces Tana Sidibeh, 6, and Mumbi Maina, and her nephew Talley Sidibeh, right, all from Dallas, Texas, wait for their ride after arriving at the Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Logan Herman gets a hug from his mother, Dawn, while getting picked up at San Francisco International Airport after traveling home from college in Portland, Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Cameron Janzen, of Costa Mesa, Calif., waits for his ride after arriving at the Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Travelers pass through San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, the weekend before Thanksgiving, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 21: A solo traveler heads to the gates to depart from the Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Nursing student Andrea Millett waits for family to pick her up at San Francisco International Airport after traveling home from college in Portland, Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: A traveler enters San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Passengers arrive at San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, braving travel during a pandemic on the weekend before Thanksgiving. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Passengers arrive at San Francisco International Airport, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, braving travel during a pandemic on the weekend before Thanksgiving. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 21: Custodian Jeff Williams vacuums the carpet at the almost isolated Oakland International Airport in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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