WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) – The US State Department has issued the highest-level warning against unnecessary travel, especially to the UK, in light of rising COVID-19 infections in the region . The country now registers more than 50,000 cases per day.
Americans can travel, with quarantine and testing required in the UK, Europe, Mexico and soon Canada. But here in the United States, the White House has yet to lift its entry ban on non-American citizens arriving from these places.
The CDC has advised Americans to travel only if they are fully immunized, but the State Department has gone further, downright discouraging travel to the UK.
Britain is forcing Americans to self-quarantine for 10 days.
“Any decision on whether to reopen international travel will be updated by our own medical professionals,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “We give directions to American citizens, they make their own decisions about where to travel.”
But even with concerns about the Delta variant, air travel to America is making a comeback. The latest figures are expected to break even pre-pandemic records once international flights resume.
Andrew Gobeil, director of communications at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – the country’s busiest airport – has a few tips.
“Just stay informed. If you want to travel internationally, if you want to go to France, if you want to go to Asia, if you want to go to Australia, great, have a good time. But make sure you stay informed. requirements, ”said Gobeil.
But, during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, concerns about whether the TSA is ready were on full display.
“We have to make sure that our security is ready and that the checkpoints are properly staffed,” said representative Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.).
TSA started the year with the goal of hiring 6,000 agents. Many of these positions remain vacant even after offering signing bonuses of $ 1,000.
The alarming increase in reported air rage incidents on flights is also a cause for concern.
“There was some frustration over the widely reported mask warrant. But we also see a number of them, whether it’s at our checkpoints or in the air, they’re alcohol-related, ”said Darby LaJoye of the TSA.