Holiday travel rebounds despite COVID cases going up

MONTGOMERY– For Kenneth Byrnes, this will be the first time he has travelled to celebrate holidays with family in New England in a year and a half, since the pandemic disrupted travel and gatherings for his family and so many others.  

“A couple years ago I would take a cheap flight at the Stewart Airport, but it’s not very possible right now,” Byrnes said. “We choose to drive because it’s a little bit more economical even though the gas price is going up a lot.” 

Officer Kenneth Byrnes at his desk at the Montgomery Police station, Nov. 24, 2021. Byrnes and his family will be driving to visit with family this holiday season, which they feel is a safer option than flying.

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While a survey by the market research company Morning Consult shows nearly 60{e9f0aada585b9d73d0d08d3c277fd760092386ec23cac37d50f4b8cd792b062a} of Americans are unlikely to travel for holidays, crowded airports and gatherings are nevertheless expected this season.