Dominic Sorbara bought a plane ticket to North Carolina in November so he could spend Christmas with his family.
The 23-year-old animator from New York was excited to check out the Raleigh area, where his parents and sister recently relocated.
The American Airlines flight he booked took off without him on Tuesday.
Sorbara was on the fence about the trip given the omicron surge but didn’t cancel his flight until his cousin, with whom he shares an apartment, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Sorbara, who is vaccinated and got the booster shot, had no symptoms and tested negative, and