Flight attendant urges travelers to wear masks as airports prepare for busy July 4th weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – The July 4th weekend will be busy at airports in the Bay Area. SFO expects the busiest weekend since the start of the pandemic, but airlines are struggling to keep up with high demand.

“I am delighted to see my family and friends and to spend some quality time with them,” said Nelson Jeter from Dublin.

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Jeter flies to Atlanta with his family and he won’t be alone. The queue for the TSA security checkpoint was long.

“I expect to see a full plane, hopefully when we land in Atlanta things will be normal,” Jeter said.

The OFS is preparing for a busy travel weekend, the busiest since the start of the pandemic.

“We have already passed the 40,000 passengers per day mark. We will probably exceed it during the weekend of July 4,” said OFS spokesperson Doug Yakel.

This increase in travel requires more travel workers, American Airlines plans 5,500 flights a day over the holiday weekend, but they say staff issues have already forced them to cancel some flights until the end July.

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Southwest faces the same issues, urging employees to take extra shifts, offering more money.

“I’m nervous about traveling, don’t know what to expect and have to wear a face mask for a long time,” said Dana Lankin of San Jose.

For travelers who may be rusty, you can now ask TSA on social media what you can and cannot bring on board in your carry-on.

ABC7 News reporter Cornell Barnard wasn’t sure his average bottle of hand sanitizer, so he asked the new TSA feature (@askTSA) on Twitter and Facebook.

He posted a photo of the disinfectant and five minutes later got a response.

TSA said he could bring a larger bottle in carry-on baggage for my next trip if he’s screened separately.

But you cannot bring fireworks of any kind in carry-on or baggage.

The sparklers were removed from a traveler’s bag recently.

Flight attendant Heather Crowell has said she expects a busy travel weekend, but that’s nothing really new.

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“The flights are crowded, most of my trips have been full since May. The pandemic is over for some but it really isn’t, wear your mask,” Crowell said.

Oakland International Airport predicts 160,000 travelers will spend this holiday weekend. That’s more than triple the number of passengers the airport saw during the same period in 2020.

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