The Omicron variant could be affecting future flight bookings, but airline industry officials say it will not be clear by how much until after the busy holiday season is over.
“We’ve seen a little bit of a waver in the bookings,” said Nick Calio of lobby Airlines for America during an industry press briefing on Monday.
Even still, TSA Administrator David Pekoske says the agency is preparing for a crush of passengers, just “a little bit less” than pandemic records set over Thanksgiving.
That record was set on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when 2.45 million people passed through TSA checkpoints at airports nationwide.
Numbers have already been “robust,” Pekoske said. About 2.1 million people passed through airport security checkpoints this past Sunday.
Dec. 23 and Jan. 3 are set to be the busiest, Pekoske said, who advised that passengers should travel during off-peak days.