Travelers begin to worry about future plans due to coronavirus


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – As the coronavirus continues to spread so does the concern at airports across the country.

The CDC is currently conducting screenings for the coronavirus at 20 airports across the nation. However, none are currently happening at Bradley International Airport.

The CDC confirmed the possible first case of person-to-person transmission of the virus in California on Wednesday.

22News spoke with one traveler at Bradley International Airport on his way to meet with friends from California to go on a ski trip. He told said he hopes his friends won’t be affected.

“Definitely a little scary to think about,” Jared Knechel expressed. “I recall flu season every year as to how a virus spreads and it spreads the exact same way. As long as we keep track of it and do everything we can I’m feeling comfortable with it.”

22News spoke with another traveler at Bradley who’s brother’s fiancee currently lives China. He said she hasn’t gotten the virus but told 22News how she’s been dealing with the outbreak.

“Shes in Shanghai right now and she’s out of work since they’re on leave but she’s been working online to stay on the job. They have to order food to the house and stuff but besides that, she isn’t too worried,” said Simsbury, CT resident Nathan Lagan.

He added how the coronavirus could impact any travel plans he has in the future.

“Potentially it all depends on how big of an outbreak it really is,” Lagan said. “It’s definitely still to be determined but it definitely will if it becomes a bigger issue.”

If you have an upcoming flight that you may want to cancel because of the virus, the airport is advising you to call your airline directly.

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