Air travel is on a rebound 

An electronic sign advises travelers to wear face masks
An electronic sign advises travelers to wear face masks and practice social distancing while passing through the main terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver on Dec. 31, 2020.
David Zalubowski | AP 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials still urge Americans to avoid unnecessary travel.

But millions of people are taking trips, restless from staying home for a year and emboldened by rising vaccination rates.

Since the pandemic began, March has been the busiest month for airports around the country, including Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. There are signs many people plan to fly somewhere this summer

So, what changes should people expect at the airport and in the air? How can people minimize their risk of transmitting or contracting COVID-19 while traveling? Can the millions of people who are not comfortable flying get extensions on the vouchers airlines issued last year for cancelled trips?

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MPR News Host Angela Davis talked to Kyle Potter, executive editor of Thrifty Traveler about how air travel has changed and what to expect going forward. 


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