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Air travel up over Easter weekend as travelers feel safer

TSA reports that they’ve screened 1.5 million people at airports across the nation on Friday, the highest single-day number since March 12, 2020.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — The Easter weekend brought a rush of travelers at airports across the US.

TSA is reporting a record number of travelers over the Easter weekend. At Bradley International Airport they are busier than we’ve seen in months. This comes as the CDC relaxes travel restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated.

TSA reports they screened 1.5 million people at airports across the nation on Friday, the highest single-day number since March 12, 2020.

Some passengers FOX61 News spoke with said they feel safe as long as the proper precautions are taken.

“I feel good. Me and my fiancé have done it together and we kind of talked about knowing boundaries and limits, don’t eat on the plane if you don’t have to, wash your hands, don’t stick your fingers in your eyes and your nose just trying to be careful," said Alicia Smith of New York.

The CDC said Friday that fully vaccinated people can travel without quarantining, but they’re still recommending only traveling if necessary.

One passenger told FOX61 News was traveling out of Necessity and said even with vaccines and precautions in place, he’s still nervous.

“ A little uneasy, planes are a little more crowded than I thought they would be. A lot more crowded, you had spaces before now it’s just a free-for-all,” said Russ Curran of Colorado.

Last month, Gov. Ned Lamont changed travel restrictions from a requirement to a recommendation.

His chief of staff said that could change if numbers begin to spike again.

“If anything changed in terms of the infection rate or hospitalizations and such, we are prepared and ready to make the necessary decisions to keep the people of Connecticut safe," Paul Mounds said. "We do ask everyone as they travel to be cautious and safe. Even if you’re going to a state that doesn’t have a mask mandate, we ask that you still wear a mask it’s good public health guidance."

The CDC is also reminding travelers to continue to wear masks and social distance.



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