It looks like some folks won’t be having their traditional ‘home for the holidays’ festivities this year if they booked with United Airlines, as the airline reportedly preemptively canceled over 100 Christmas Eve flights in light of the spread of the Omicron variant.
Nearly two years into the COVID debacle notorious for disrupting holidays, the reaction to the virus has fostered yet another proverbial Grinch that is stealing Christmas for families, as United Airlines has reportedly canceled 112 Christmas Eve flights in response to the ostensibly milder COVID variant.
In a statement released by the airline, the spread of the variant has purportedly posed “a direct impact” on their flight personnel and they’ve thus had to “cancel some flights” and are in the process of notifying current ticket holders about their squandered holiday season.
“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation. As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport.
We’re sorry for the disruption and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays.”
While media outlets have been pushing a litany of fear surrounding the current strain of COVID, apparently air travel this holiday season has usurped pre-pandemic levels established in 2019. CNN correspondent Pete Muntean took to Twitter on December 23rd to detail the aforementioned.
“JUST IN: Air travel is HIGHER than pre-pandemic levels. TSA says it screened more people at airports yesterday than on the same day in 2019. 2.08 million vs 1.94 million.”
JUST IN: Air travel is HIGHER than pre-pandemic levels. TSA says it screened more people at airports yesterday than on the same day in 2019. 2.08 million vs 1.94 million.
— Pete Muntean (@petemuntean) December 23, 2021
With this development that can be observed from a statistical standpoint, it bears evidence that the general populace is gearing toward a point where many are ready to move on from the era of the pandemic – insofar that individuals are adhering to the musings C.S. Lewis wrote in his 1948 essay “On Living in an Atomic Age.”
“It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes to find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
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