Delta, United Airlines Catch Heat Over Christmas Flight Cancellations

by Quentin Blount
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Major airlines like Delta and United are canceling flights on Christmas Eve thanks to the surge in the omicron variant of COVID-19.

That’s right — United Airlines has canceled approximately 120 flights for Christmas Eve and Delta Airlines has canceled around 90 flights. As a result, hundreds of people have been left stranded in airports. It’s an issue that the companies are working to resolve as quickly as possible.

“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation,” a spokesperson for United said on Thursday. “As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport. We’re sorry for the disruption and are working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays.”

Delta released a similar statement, saying that they had exhausted all other options before canceling 90 or so flights for Friday.

Social Media Users Sound Off on Delta and United Airlines

In the wake of all of the cancellations across the nation, people on social media have been speaking out. It’s clear that they are not happy with having so many flights canceled right before Christmas Day.

One of the top trending tweets is from political commentator Lindy Li. She is calling for all airlines to require proof of vaccination from their passengers.

“Delta and United Airlines just cancelled hundreds of flights on Christmas Eve due to Omicron,” Li wrote after the news broke. “It’s sheer insanity that the unvaccinated are still allowed to fly and unvaxxed crew are still allowed to work. Requiring a jab to fly is a no brainer. Flying is a privilege, not a right.”

Meanwhile, other people are placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of the airlines themselves.

“OH HELL NO!!! F— United and Delta! YOU CANCELLED THE FLIGHTS LEAVING PEOPLE TO SLEEP IN THE AIRPORTS WHICH SPREADS COVID WAY WORSE THAN THE FLIGHT!!!!!!” a fellow Twitter user wrote.

“We never should’ve bailed the airlines out and we never should’ve opened them during a pandemic. Stay home,” another person tweeted.

“Flights have been cancelled today. Who didn’t see that coming?” one user asked. “They’re getting ready to lock us down again. What are WE the People gonna do about it?”

With so many flights having to be canceled, it is surely going to deter people from visiting family and friends for the holidays. However, it most certainly won’t deter everyone. As a matter of fact, for those who plan on driving to see relatives, you should plan ahead for congested traffic on the roads. There are an estimated 109 million people set to travel between December 23 and January 2.

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