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Atlanta air travelers affected by developments in Boston

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Long security lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on April 19, 2013 Long security lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on April 19, 2013
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The line to go through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was unusually long Friday morning as the search for a suspected terrorist intensified in Boston.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Jake Bielema of Atlanta, who frequently travels by air for business. "They've got to do what they've got to do to make sure everyone's safe. But unfortunately some people here may miss their flights."

That's exactly what happened to Helene Georgakopoulos, a Boston resident who has been with her teenage daughter in Atlanta all week visiting friends. They were here Monday when the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

"I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get back home, even if I have to buy another ticket," she said. "But apparently all the tickets to Boston are sold out."

Some flights from Boston to Atlanta were delayed early Friday. But despite initial reports that spread quickly through social media, Boston's Logan International Airport remained opened. However, the airport operated under heightened security.

Karin Carlson of Atlanta was on one of the early flights from Boston to Atlanta Friday morning. She had been in Boston on business since Tuesday.

"I'm very glad to be home," she said.

Carlson said it was hard to go to sleep in her hotel room Thursday night, knowing that the suspected marathon bombers were actively being sought by authorities.

"I remember coming off the highway last night, and there was something going on at a major intersection. There were police everywhere," said Carlson. "There were people looking out their windows from their apartments, and so it's just a really scary time. You can tell there's a lot of unrest right now."

Most flights to Boston were seemingly unaffected Friday morning, although passengers were anticipating extra security.

"A lot of people get irritated with all the security checks and taking off your shoes and everything. And yeah, it can slow you down, but what's the alternative?" asked Tom Cardillo of Buford as he prepared to board a flight from Atlanta to Boston. "I'd rather be hassled a little bit on the ground than blow up in the sky."

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