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Vaccine giving people confidence to fly for the first time in more than a year

Posted at 10:32 PM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 23:13:08-04

BALTIMORE — With more and more Americans getting their vaccines, confidence in air travel is reaching new pandemic highs.

In March, airports across the country saw its most travelers since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the TSA.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport also set a new pandemic high with an increase of 10 percent compared to last year, a spokesperson said.

Allison Gladden said she hadn’t been on a plane in two years. She finally worked up the courage because she’s now fully vaccinated.

“It definitely made it an easier decision to want to travel again,” she said.

But Gladden added, she’s “a little nervous” about flying.

“It’s been a while,” she said.

Officials believe spring break is one reason for the increase in travelers, but the arrival of the vaccines also plays a large role.

“People have been sheltered up for so long,” said Nathan Ellenwood from Baltimore. “[For] Spring break they want to get out, go places, see family. People who are vaccinated feel more comfortable in going. I think it all contributes.”

The CDC is still warning people not to fly due to fears it could lead to another surge.

Some travelers say they aren’t concerned, adding they feel safe to fly because of mask wearing and other precautions put in place.

“I have confidence they are going to do what they need to do to keep us safe,” Gladden said.

While there is not a travel advisory in Maryland, the state is asking that if you do travel, to get tested once you return.