Photos: Travel and testing intensify as Omicron arrives in California


What happens when you have a booming Omicron variant and a busy travel season?

Worry.

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.

A healthcare worker distributes a COVID-19 test kit at a drive-thru test site at La Sierra Park in Riverside.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

“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

A man dabs his nose near the Christmas decorations.

A man dabs his nose at a Union Station COVID testing kiosk on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Drivers looking for COVID tests line up at a driving site in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium

People looking for COVID tests line up to access a site in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Tuesday.

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

“We are experiencing the boom that we expected. “

San Francisco Director of Health, Dr Grant Colfax

Travelers wait for their vacation flights at an airport

Travelers wait for their vacation flights at John Wayne Airport.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Woman with luggage collects COVID-19 test self-collection kit at John Wayne Airport

Holly Goodwin, of Garden Gove, collects a free COVID-19 test self-collection kit from the Orange County health care agency after arriving on a flight Tuesday at John Wayne Airport.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Passengers on the arrivals deck wait for shuttles at Los Angeles International Airport

Passengers on the arrivals bridge wait for shuttles at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday.

(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)


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