All of the major airlines and several hotel chains are waiving some fees and penalties for travelers looking to change their Boston travel plans after Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Investigators believe the bombs at the Boston Marathon were shrapnel-studded pressure cookers, hidden in backpacks and set off by timers according to US media.
Among the dead was an 8-year-old boy, identified as Martin Richard, who was waiting at the finish. Richard’s mother, Denise, suffered a brain injury in the blast, and his 6-year-old sister reportedly lost a leg. The father told a local official that his daughter would have died if not for the heroic efforts of first-responders.
Airlines including AirTran, American, Delta, JetBlue (Boston's largest carrier), Southwest, United and US Airways and hotels including Hilton, Marriott and Starwood, will allow travelers to cancel reservations or leave early without a penalty.
On the other hand, NBC News reported several instances of suspicious activity led to major disruptions at travel hubs around the nation on Tuesday.
Among Tuesday's activities:
- LaGuardia Airport was given the all-clear after passengers were evacuated from Central Terminal following after reports of a suspicious package;
- all passengers on a US Airways jet were removed at Boston Logan after reports of a suspicious package or bag;
- a United Airlines jet leaving Logan for Chicago returned to the gate and two passengers were removed, Massport Director of Media Relations Matthew Brelis told NBC News. Reportedly two passengers were heard speaking Arabic and were placed on another flight;