Photos: Travel and testing intensify as Omicron arrives in California
What happens when you have a booming Omicron variant and a busy travel season?
It is predicted that up to 3.5 million people will pass through Los Angeles International Airport from December 16 to January 1. 3, according to airport officials, making it the busiest travel time this year. By many accounts, airlines and airports have not absorbed the rebound very well so far, with staff shortages, changing security protocols and rowdy passengers slowing travel.
Now, with the Omicron variant spreading rapidly and many travelers determined to move forward with their vacation plans, months of preparation by airlines and airport staff will be put to the test in the months to come. major airports such as LAX.
Testing is also intensifying as families and friends reunite over the Christmas holidays.
“Quickly, Omicron overtook Delta. I would say in the next couple of weeks everything will go almost to Omicron. ”
Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Director of Public Health
“We are experiencing the boom that we expected. “
San Francisco Director of Health, Dr Grant Colfax