WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) – Thanksgiving is one week from today and millions of people are expected to hit the roads or hop on a plane to get to their holiday destinations. That number, experts say, is close to pre-pandemic levels.
On Thursday, the Connecticut Airport Authority discussed holiday travel and how you can better prepare for the rush at Bradley International Airport.
On Thursday, the airport was busy with people trying to get a jump on their holiday plans, but officials are expecting travel to ramp up on Friday.
At Bradley, the parking lots were full, the counters were busy, and the planes were back on the move. The airport was bustling with people hoping to beat the holiday rush.
“We haven’t traveled in over two years, and with the pandemic, we were scared to go last year. We’re looking forward to getting away,” said Michelle Cooper, traveling to Florida.
Millions of people are expected to travel this year by either hitting the road or hopping on a plane. Just at Bradley alone, the Connecticut Airport Authority estimates 85,000 people will be catching a flight between the Friday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. Those numbers are close to pre-pandemic levels.
“It’s been quite a change in how things are done. The increase in people has gone up considerably the past few months,” said George Media of Michigan.
That’s why you’re being urged to pack your patience.
“Ques will be longer than normal here at the airport because of the increase in activity, but if people leave 90 minutes from the time they walk through the front of the terminal, you’ll be find,” said Kevin Dillon, Executive Director of the CT Airport Authority.
Travelers should take steps to get through the line quickly and smoothly.
“When you get in the check-in line, make sure you have your IDs out, so your driver’s license, your passport, your boarding pass. While you’re waiting in line, make sure you have those handy. It doesn’t only slow you down, but it will slow down everyone behind you,” said William Csontos, TSA Federal Security Director in Connecticut.
Safety precautions are also in place to keep everyone safe as the pandemic continues. There are enhanced cleaning measures and masks are a must.
“It was a please traveling this time, even with the mask on, we did okay,” said Charlene Levine of Massachusetts.
While the state doesn’t require testing for arriving passengers, testing remains available at the airport’s baggage claim for anyone who wants to get tested. As a reminder, before you get to the airport, make sure you check on the status of your flight to make sure there are no changes to your itinerary.