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Opinion: Life is too short to travel

With the spread of COVID-19, people have been making the decision to save money on flights, no matter how big the risk is. Even with travel restrictions mandated by the government, many have taken advantage of the cheap flights, especially millennials, reported by Ben Kesslen for NBC.

Why are there people capitalizing on the discounted flights when they shouldn’t?

The World Health Organization named the coronavirus a pandemic. This is not settling well, because many are stuck at home and cannot handle the boredom. These flight prices give people the best reason to travel around the United States, whether for vacation or to see family and friends.

LAX Airport before entering Customs.
LAX Airport before entering Customs. Photo credit: Kate Taylor/Business Insider

If someone booked their trip before March on Southwest Airlines, they should be canceling their flights as soon as possible. There is no reason why people should be risking their lives and lives of others for a cheap flight to Puerto Rico or Las Vegas.

Like Southwest, airlines such as Delta, American and United are doing everything to maintain a clean and safe travel experience. Shouldn’t the airlines have been doing this all along? The majority of planes have been empty due to the travel ban, however, there is a slim percentage of travelers that continue to fly throughout the United States.

These people have little to no fear to fly during the COVID-19 outbreak, but they should be in fear of contracting the disease. There have been many cases of asymptomatic spreading.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people still have to be careful with being in contact with older adults or those with a pre-existing health condition. Just avoid traveling. Though, it seems that these guidelines are being ignored because every day there is a new case of COVID-19.

A very empty Delta terminal at JFK Airport in New York.
A very empty Delta terminal at JFK Airport in New York. Photo credit: Avery Hartmans/Business Insider

People should be taking the steps at home to stop the spread of the virus by washing their hands, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching one’s face, covering their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and using hand sanitizer.

As the death toll rises in the United States, Americans should avoid heading to the airport to get on the cheapest flight of their lives. Stay at home and quarantine.

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