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New Years Day sees large crowds at Orlando Airport

ORLANDO – Saturday marked one of the busiest days for traveling this holiday season, at a time of sharp increase in COVID cases and high demand for COVID testing.


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  • Saturday was another busy day of travel to Orlando International Airport
  • Some passengers were going home for vacation; others had more travel plans to keep
  • COVID cases continue to rise amid omicron variant

At Orlando International Airport on New Years Day, some passengers were able to take a test before they boarded a plane.

As many people returned home from the holidays, passengers like Carlos Brito were considering another trip. Sunday, he embarks for a cruise.

It has already been tested twice for COVID.

“You know, we own our own business, so we have to do the testing and everything to feel safe, and everyone’s safe, you know, like that. (Customers) have the confidence that we are doing a good job, ”Brito said.

It was not easy, however. He waited almost four hours at a drive-thru site.

Testing can be difficult to obtain as Orange County sites are overwhelmed, with many sites closed for the holidays.

It was the theme across the country.

“Americans are waiting too long. I described it as ‘The Hunger Games’, and I really mean it, ”said Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

“Personally, I have traveled and had to rush store after store and try to find a test, exposing myself to people who might be infected with this virus.”

Brito is concerned about travelers who fly without first testing for COVID and recommending home testing – for anyone who can find one.

“It’s easier. You know, it’s cheap, it’s easier and it’s also safe,” claiming that it would prevent anyone who tested positive from making someone else sick.