Air travel in Columbus up this Memorial Day weekend mostly due to vaccine, lessening of COVID guidelines

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — This weekend, thousands of passengers will take to the skies at John Glenn International Airport.

“Oh, we’re very excited, we’re looking forward to it,” said Heather Milligan, of Powell, Ohio.

Milligan is traveling to Florida along with her family and said they would’ve left earlier.

“We were all working on Friday!” Milligan said.

However, having to wait an extra day hasn’t dampened her plans.

Same goes for other families like Jamie Neal and her kids, who are also traveling to Florida.

“It’s great, it feels good,” Neal said. “I’m glad that we’re moving up in the right direction and ready to get out for a little bit.”

Recent data from the Columbus Regional Airport Authority shows it is already at approximately 60 percent of the same traffic it saw before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Well so far it’s been easy, but we haven’t gotten through TSA yet, so hopefully that will be smooth. We’re both vaccinated so we’re feeling a little bit more comfortable about traveling at this point,” said Schmitz.

And the TSA is requiring all people both inside the airport and on the planes to wear masks, even if they’re fully vaccinated, a move which some travelers support, while others hope to see end soon.

“I can’t wait until they say we don’t have to do them on airplanes, but if I have to, to be able to fly, I’ll do it,” said Milligan.

“Yes, definitely, definitely. It’s a safeguard for everybody,” said Schmitz.

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