How Brussels terror attacks impacts local airline travelers

WMass residents flying out of Bradley International Airport say terror attacks will not stop them from flying.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP)–  Two explosions as an airport in Brussels, Belgium, and another in the subway system are being called terror attacks by authorities.  Dozens of people were killed in the attacks and manhy more injured.  The blasts prompted a city-wide lockdown.

Shortly after the blasts, the Brussels airport shut down and airport security was tightened across Europe.  Belgium’s terror alert level has been raised to maximum.

The explosions ripped through the departure hall at the Brussels Airport at 8 A.M their local time, during the morning rush hour, when many people were checking in.  All flights have been canceled and arriving planes and trains are being diverted.

22News has been tracking what these attacks mean for local travelers.  During Bradley International Airport’s busy morning hours security lines were moving along as usual and there were no added delays.

22News obtained the following statement from the Connecticut Airport Authority spokesperson Alisa Sisic Tuesday morning:

“There are no impacts to operations at Bradley International Airport. Bradley Airport always maintains a heightened level of security, as the safety of our passengers is of utmost importance to us. We don’t comment on changes we may make to our security protocols.”

The departure and arrival board at Bradley was only showing one cancelled flight going to Philadelphia.  The airport has not confirmed there is any connection to that canceled flight and the Brussels explosions.

Many travelers told 22News waking up to the news of the terror attacks had them feeling anxious heading to the airport.

Bill Luippold, from Greenfield, said there is always a bit of a fear that these things can happen, but says that he trusts in the United States to keep travelers safe here at home.  Luippold added, “I pray for the people over there who are involved in the devastation.”

Luippold and many other travelers at Bradley Tuesday morning also told 22News, as tragic as these events are, they will not let it cause them to live in fear.

The U.S. Embassy in Brussels is recommending that Americans in Belgium stay where they are and avoid public transportation.

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