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Use Of Milwaukee Mitchell Airport Slowly Rising, But Masks Recommended

People are slowly returning to Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport to fly, officials say. But they advise everyone flying to bring a mask.

Officials at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport say airline passengers are slowly returning to the skies. They also say travelers should have a mask or other face covering with them.

As with many other airports during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitchell lost about 90% of its business at one point. Mitchell official Pat Rowe says lately, passenger volume is up, but only about 10%.

"The majority of those are leisure travelers. People are taking advantage of some very, very good airfares right now. Surveys tell us that business travel will gradually increase over the coming months as offices reopen,” Rowe said during an online briefing Wednesday, hosted by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Rowe says Mitchell is still not requiring visitors or travelers passing through to wear a mask because the airport doesn't believe it can enforce a requirement. But Rowe says bring a mask or face covering anyway.

"There are some airports that require them. So, you'll want to have them right available in your carry-on bag  because you may change planes at an airport that requires them. Also, most airlines require face coverings. You know, the crews want to be protected, as you do as a passenger," Rowe said.

Rowe says many airports still don't have much in the way of food and beverage options, so if you have a special diet you may want to bring along a snack.

On the other hand, she says the Transportation Security Administration is allowing you to carry on as much as 12 ounces of hand sanitizer, up from three ounces before COVID-19. 

Rowe also says airlines are monitoring where people click on travel websites to try to anticipate where to add flights. 

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