Panic and rage after major airlines cancel Christmas Eve flights over Omicron mess, leaving travelers stranded

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The hysterical reaction to the Omicron variant has overwhelmed America just in time for Christmas with many holiday travelers now facing the prospect of being stranded in airports as major carriers are canceling flights on one of the busiest days of the year.

Both Delta and United Airlines have announced that they have been forced to preemptively cancel the flights due to staffing shortages related to the virus, a major headache for those who had made their holiday plans before the Thanksgiving weekend announcement that the highly contagious COVID strain had been discovered in South Africa, spawning weeks of media fearmongering that has led to shutdowns and disruptions.

On Thursday, Fox Business identified “21 instances where United Airlines cancellations on Christmas Eve are directly attributed to the coronavirus, stating that staffing issues have caused the cancellation.”

“For a flight from Denver to Newark scheduled for Friday, for example, the following message is shown on the United Airlines website: “Your flight is canceled due to an increase in Covid cases limiting crew availability. We’re sorry for disrupting your holiday plans and for the inconvenience,” the network reported.

According to FlightAware which provides real-time tracking of global airline traffic information, United has called off 169 Christmas Eve flights with Delta canceling 127 as of Friday morning.

(Image: FlightAware)

The website also shows that Delta has canceled 90 Christmas Day flights as of Friday morning, with United cancelling 52.

(Image: FlightAware)

United Airlines confirmed the bad news in a statement to Fox Business.

“The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation. 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,” an airline spokesperson told the outlet.

Delta Airlines issued a statement on Thursday evening, acknowledging that the flights had been cancelled and apologizing to customers.

Twitter reacted to the cheerless holiday news, yet another lump of coal in Americans’ stockings as a result of the Biden administration’s failure to deliver on campaign promises to get COVID under control and restore the nation to normalcy.

Some blamed the mess on the unvaccinated.

So much for a Merry Christmas and with Biden’s pre-holiday message of a “winter of death” it isn’t looking like it’s going to be a Happy New Year either.


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