Boston Marathon bombing: Morning after blasts, people line up for early flights to Boston

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Tampa, Florida -- At the airline with the most flights between Tampa and Boston, clerks stayed pleasant, but seemed a bit more straightforward than usual Tuesday.

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At around 6 a.m., passengers started checking in at Tampa International Airport for jetBlue's first of five flights to Boston.

The workers and passengers avoided talking with each other about Monday's explosions, focusing on tickets and bags instead.

One woman was heading from Tampa back to her home just outside Boston. Sonja Meader said her phone battery was drained from constant calls to and from the people she cares about.

"I've done the Boston Marathon, so it kind of hit home. I saw it on TV the minute it happened," Meader said as she headed to her 8:05 a.m. flight. "I've gotten a hundred phone calls from folks up there -- it's, it's unbelievable."

People who live in the Tampa Bay area are also traveling to Boston, including restaurant chain vice president Robin Muller.

"Where the bombs went off -- I'm with California Pizza Kitchen -- so they felt the whole place shake," Muller said. "They said it was mass chaos. They didn't know what was going on. And they were asked to evacuate immediately."

Concerns that flights into Boston late Monday night may have been turned away from landing at the airport led Muller to schedule a trip on the first jetBlue flight Tuesday morning.

She says she'll be there to support the staff at the chain's Back Bay location with a clear head for decision-making and by showing them people outside the Boston area are behind them.

In addition to jetBlue's five flights from TIA to Boston's Logan International Airport on Tuesday, hundreds of other passengers will travel there by connecting through a hub airport or flying to a nearby city.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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