Airlines have canceled hundreds of Christmas Eve flights as more and more airline workers are calling out sick because they are testing positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. United Airlines canceled 170 Christmas even flights according to the AP. That’s about 9 percent of United’s total flights. CNN reported that Delta canceled 133 Christmas Eve flights.
Over two million Americans were screened by TSA through US airports on Thursday, showing that the American people are not freaking out over traveling with the Omicron surge. On the flip side, a very large number of airline employees are calling out sick, and that is causing problems for the airlines.
The Hill reports that it is a global issue as over 3,000 flights have been canceled globally already, and another 4,600 have been delayed because of a shortage of staff.
“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,” United said in a statement. “As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport. We’re sorry for the disruption and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays.”
Delta also provided a statement saying that the company has “exhausted all options and resources – including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying – before canceling around 90 flights for Friday.”
JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have also reported that they have canceled Christmas Eve flights as well.
I am certain some leftist Democrat will bring up the fact that the airline workers recently walked out because of vaccine mandates causing many delayed and canceled flights, making claims that many of them would not be sick with Omicron if they had gotten vaccinated. That’s because leftist Democrats are stupid people with no principles. Most of the people catch Omicron are vaccinated. But the leftists are counting on you not knowing that, so they will lie and say that only unvaccinated people are catching Omicron. The Left has corrupted everything so you don’t know what to believe anymore.
If this a precursor of what’s to come, then don’t book any flights for New Year’s as they may not be any flights available with the way Omicron is spreading.