Air journey selecting up for July 4th, precautions proceed at Pittsburgh Worldwide – WPXI

FINDLAY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Air travel is picking up, and with the Fourth of July on Sunday, it’s shaping up to be a busy weekend at Pittsburgh International Airport.

AAA says a record-breaking nearly 48 million people will be traveling in some form this weekend.

>>>STORY: AAA: Nearly 48M Americans expected to travel for Fourth of July weekend

While pandemic restrictions are being loosened across the country, precautions are still be taken at airports like Pittsburgh International. All passengers are still required to wear face masks, both in the terminal and on flights. The airport is also still working to keep everything sanitized, and there are a number of stations to disinfect hands.

Travelers also need to be prepared for potential delays. They should arrive at the airport early, as parking can be difficult with such high demand. Checking in online through an airline’s app or at an airport kiosk can be a timesaver.

In June, American Airlines announced it was cancelling hundreds of flights through mid-July because of staffing shortages. Now, Southwest Airlines — the second-biggest airline at Pittsburgh International — is encouraging employees to take extra shifts for double pay to avoid flight disruptions over the Fourth of July weekend, according to CNBC.

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