WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – The Thanksgiving rush will most definitely look a lot different this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s usually one of the busiest travel times of the year. But not this year, airports are encouraging travelers to come prepared.
The Connecticut Airport Authority expects 65 percent less travelers this Thanksgiving than last years. But, Bradley Airport has still taken a number of safety precautions for those that are traveling.
Planes are grounded, security lines are nonexistent, entire terminals are empty and airports are expected to stay that way throughout Thanksgiving. But, there are still some travelers making their holiday trips.
Lucius Dionysus, a Connecticut resident, told 22News, “For the most part the airports look really good, everyone is wearing a face mask they keep the seat separated, the air circulates you know people are a little tense obviously but it hasn’t really been a problem.”
Bradley has made a number of changes: parking is only offered in the garage, just a select few restaurants and shops are open inside the airport, and masks must be worn at all times in the airport and on flights.
Kevin Dillion, executive director of CAA said, “You have to play your part here to keep safety at the airport. I mean naturally, if somebody is flagrantly violating the rules, we will ask state police to step in.”
Here is a list of tips for travelers suggested by the CAA:
- When possible, use a mobile boarding pass
- Consider using carry on luggage. This will minimize the time spent at the airport
- Wash your hands frequently and bring hand sanitizer with you, especially a travel-sized one you can bring on the plane
Another reminder, the TSA is now allowing travelers to bring a full-sized 12 oz bottle of hand sanitizer, it doesn’t have to be travel-sized.