Despite CDC urging, over 16,000 expected to fly at RDU day before Thanksgiving
Despite health officials urging caution, over 16,000 people are expected to fly out of RDU on the day before Thanksgiving.
OUR WINDS ARE NOW SHIFTING TO SOUTHERLY. WE ARE LOOKING AT TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 60s THE STAFF AT NOON. >>> ELIZABETH, THANKS. THERE IS REPEATED GUIDANCE TO STAY HOME. FEWER PEOPLE WILL TRAVEL COMPARED TO YEARS PAST. HOW BUSY IS IT RIGHT NOW? >> IT IS BUSIER THAN WHAT WE ARE USED TO SEEING. IT HAS BEEN QUIET FOR MONTHS NOW. WE ARE NOTICING THERE ARE PEOPLE ARRIVING TO THE AIRPORT EARLY. SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE WEARING MASKS. I HAVE SEEN VERY FEW WHO ARE NOT. WE ARE 24 HOURS AWAY AND TODAY WILL BE THE SECOND BUSIEST DAY FOR THE AIRPORT. I WANT YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS, WEDNESDAY, THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, WHICH IS TODAY, 16,000 PASSENGERS ARE EXPECTED TO FLY HERE AT RDU. THE BUSIEST DATE AFTER THANKSGIVING, THEY ARE EXPECTING 18,000. THE AIRPORT TELLS US TO EXPECT A 7% INCREASE IN AIRPORT TRAFFIC. THERE ARE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS. THE CBC HAS URGED PEOPLE TRAVELING TO GET TESTED AHEAD OF THANKSGIVING. RIGHT NOW, A RAPID TEST WOULD BE THE ONLY OPTION. CASEY CUNNINGHAM IS GOING TO KIND OF GIVE YOU AN IDEA ABOUT THAT. ALSO, WE ARE TALKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT WHERE THEY ARE GOING AND WHY THEY DECIDED TO TRAVEL. I HAVE MY DAUGHTER'S WHITE BOARD. I'VE GOT A MARKER. WE ARE GOING TO BE USING THIS TO TRY TO TALK TO PEOPLE. IF YOU WANT TO TALK TO ME SAFELY, YOU CAN DO SO.