Thanksgiving travelers return home from holiday destinations amid COVID-19

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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WWLP) – After multiple days of enjoying turkey and spending time with family, many Massachusetts residents flew back home from their holiday trips.

For most of the pandemic there’s been few flights and few passengers, but Sunday night Bradley International Airport looked somewhat normal during a time that’s been anything but.

22News spoke with a college student coming back to Connecticut after seeing his family in North Carolina.

“Every time I had check-in and boarding I got a notification that told me the flight’s sanitized,” said Justin Gallicchio. “I got on, they handed out sanitation wipes, and we were all spaced out. Everything felt safe and sanitary.”

22News spoke with multiple passengers returning home to either Massachusetts or Connecticut and a lot of them said they’re choosing to get tested for free right at the airport. And the results are available within 72 hours.

“It was good, quick and easy, and you’re done basically,” said Kendra Hards, who was returning home from Ohio. “Going to stay at my house for a few weeks until I get my results back since I just got tested. I’m going to wear my mask when I go out, wash my hands, stay away from people, and just stay in the house mostly.”

Here is a list of tips for travelers suggested by the CAA:

  • A mobile boarding pass will eliminate some contact with airport staffers
  • Carry-on luggage will minimize the time spent in the airport
  • And wash your hands frequently and bring hand sanitizer with you

And just a reminder for those still coming back to Massachusetts, the state still requires a 14-day quarantine or a negative COVID-19 test result.

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