Columbus airports and roads have pre-pandemic traffic over Christmas weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – It was a busy day for many travelers on Sunday as thousands of people were seen at airports and on freeways that were as busy as before the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Glenn International Airport expects travel to be loaded with the New Year in a few days. A traveler, Carlie Porter, said on Sunday that she would not be traveling anytime soon after seeing how busy it was.

“We took a Christmas vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands,” she said. “Traveling there was good. On the way back, many canceled flights. We missed our connection with Columbus last night. So we had to spend the night in Chicago, it was crazy.

Porter said Sunday was the ultimate test of patience. On the roads of Ohio, it’s no different. Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brice Nihiser said traffic is improving and wants to remind people to drive responsibly in light of the many traffic accidents over the past few days.

“We continue to see these fatal accidents as a result of UAVs where people lose their lives because they were not wearing seat belts,” Nihiser said. “So we keep sending this message: make sure you drive sober and put on your seatbelt because we know it saves lives. “

As more and more people will travel over the next few days, police ask you to think of others trying to get to and from their destination.

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