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Flight cancellations and delays continue at Logan amid omicron

Over 2,400 flights were canceled around the globe on Monday as the COVID-19 omicron variant spreads.

Erin Clark/Globe Staff
Travelers wait to check their bags at Logan International Airport on Christmas Day. Erin Clark / The Boston Globe
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If you’re heading out of town or traveling home, you should check your flight status sooner rather than later.

Two days after Christmas, flight cancellations and delays continued at Logan Airport on Monday — a small fraction compared to the thousands of rescheduled and canceled flights travelers around the world faced as COVID-19 cases surge again.

According to FlightAware.com, which tracks delayed and canceled flights, 85 flights were delayed and 38 more were canceled at Logan as of 12:30 p.m.

The would-be trips are among over 2,400 flights canceled on Monday, with almost 900 within, into, or out of the United States, CNN reports. In total, some 6,500 flights were delayed.

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Around the globe, over 6,000 flights were canceled on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and on Dec. 26, according to the news network. On Sunday alone, over 1,200 flights were canceled in the United States as airlines see rising numbers of employees out sick.

As The New York Times noted on Monday, the latest cancellations account for a small percentage of flights. Still, travelers who are planning to hop a flight this week could see the problem persist.

As the virus’s even more contagious omicron variant takes hold, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told MSNBC on Monday officials may want to consider requiring airline passengers on domestic flights to be vaccinated in order to board.

“When you make vaccination a requirement, that’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated,” Fauci said. “If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that’s something that seriously should be considered.”

Still, travelers appeared to be undeterred to get where they wanted to be this holiday season: The U.S. Transportation Security Administration told CNN it screened millions of people each day over the weekend, with, at most, 2.19 million travelers on Dec. 23.

More people went through security checkpoints on Dec. 22 than on the same day in 2019, the network reports.

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