Travelers mask up for holiday flights at Westchester County Airport
The holiday travel season is underway at the Westchester County Airport, despite a major spike in COVID-19 cases.
Elodie, 8, is among the 109 million Americans expected to travel this holiday week. Her mother, Piper Hickman, says she weighed the risk and refused to let the latest wave of COVID-19 cases ruin their travel plans.
The Hastings-on-Hudson family is vaccinated, boosted and armed with hand sanitizer.
Experts also recommend maintaining social distancing at crowded places. And for the unvaccinated - testing before and after traveling is recommended.
Some are making the painful decision to stay home as the pandemic looms over another holiday season.
Luckily for Elodie, the extra steps to stay healthy are allowing her to see her grandparents and take advantage of Florida's mild weather.
"We are going to live our best life and hope for the best," says Piper Hickman.
Experts also recommend people have a plan in case they test positive during a trip. They also say after you return, to quarantine at least three days and get tested before seeing anyone who is medically frail.