Airlines blame surge in COVID-19 cases for ongoing travel disruptions

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) – More than 7,300 flights were canceled or delayed in the U.S. on Sunday due to spikes of COVID-19 cases as many people sought to travel home from their Christmas holiday destinations, USA Today reports

RELATED: More than 7,000 flights delayed, canceled Sunday amid omicron surge

Four major carriers, Delta, United, American, and JetBlue, cited staffing shortages amid a surge in cases of the omicron variant.

Several cross-country arrivals at Bradley International Airport were delayed, and a United Airlines flight from Washington was canceled on Monday morning.

Delta and JetBlue are calling on the CDC to shorten the quarantine period for vaccinated workers to five days to ease crew shortages.

On Sunday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said that he would support domestic air travel vaccine mandates.

“Anything that could get people more vaccinated would be welcome,” Fauci said when asked about the mandates in an appearance on ABC News.

“It’s one of those things that’s out of your control, so you just take a deep breath and try to find the best alternative,” traveler Rick Grant said.

If you’re planning to travel or expect loved ones to arrive at the airport, you’re encouraged to check directly with the carrier, not the airport.

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