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Connecticut officials monitor travel safety following Brussels attacks

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Travelers at Bradley International Airport said they were uneasy over the deadly explosions in Brussels Tuesday morning. (WFSB photo) Travelers at Bradley International Airport said they were uneasy over the deadly explosions in Brussels Tuesday morning. (WFSB photo)
Extra security and a K9 unit patrol Union Station in New Haven following the attacks in Brussels. (WFSB photo) Extra security and a K9 unit patrol Union Station in New Haven following the attacks in Brussels. (WFSB photo)
Explosions rocked the Brussels Airport and train station Tuesday morning. (CBS photo) Explosions rocked the Brussels Airport and train station Tuesday morning. (CBS photo)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

Following a series of explosions that Rocked the Brussels Airport and train station in Belgium, travel and law enforcement officials across Connecticut said they were closely monitoring the situation.

International authorities there called it a terrorist attack.

Tuesday morning, planes were diverted, flights and trains were canceled and Belgium's terror alert level was raised to the maximum level.

Dozens of people were reportedly killed.

Officials said at least two explosions were heard or seen from the airport. There were reported explosions at a metro station as well.

At Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, there were no changes to international Flights, according to airport officials.

Many of the travelers arriving and departing in the 6 a.m. hour just learned the news.

Long lines began around that time at the Transportation Security Administration departure checkpoint.

"The fact that it’s probably terrorists again like the Paris bombings, that kind of concerns me a bit," said Diane Anderson, traveler.

"I just stay on alert and just keep my eyes open and try to enjoy myself at the same time," said Beverly Salzman, a traveler.

They said they can't allow it to affect their lives.

"I can't allow it to [happen]," Salzman said. "That would give credence to the terrorists. I have to go about my life and what I want to do and [be] a little extra cautious and not stop living."

James Pow said he traveled extensively to the Middle East, Europe and many war-torn countries.

"Some of the things it looks like in Brussels, it’s probably nothing they could have done as far as I know with the procedures in place presently, which are the same in every airport around the world," Pow said.

Bradley said that while there were no impacts to service, security is always a priority.

"Bradley Airport always maintains a heightened level of security, as the safety of our passengers is of utmost importance to us," said Alisa Sisic of the Connecticut Airport Authority. "We don't comment on changes we may make to our security protocols."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is not commenting on its security.

However, officers and a K9 unit were spotted by travelers at Union Station in New Haven.

"I walked in seeing guys with M-16s and I was like what? But if there is no security, things are going to happen," said Michael Chase of Norwich.

"I travel every week and I just think, man if that happened here, how horrible that would be. It would be very scary," said Monica Nieves, who was catching a train to Baltimore on Tuesday for work.

Seeing the additional police presence at the train station helped put her at ease.

"Especially with the train, its not like when you fly. When you fly there are all these different check points, so you feel a little bit more secure, but when you see the dogs, it makes you feel a lot better," Nieves said.

On Monday, Metro North re-launched its "See Something, Say Something" campaign.

In addition to extra officers, Amtrak police said they are working with state, local, and federal law enforcement partners to gather and share intelligence.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said that while he also couldn't discuss specific safety measures, he provided a statement on Tuesday morning.

 "The people of Connecticut will keep Belgium in their thoughts and prayers today," Malloy said. "Although details continue to emerge, this brutality of this attack shocks the soul. We as Americans are united against all forms of terrorism, because we believe in a world guided by hope instead of one driven by fear. Our prayers go out to the victims of this horrific attack, their families, and the people of Belgium."

In Hartford, Deputy Chief Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department said they their analysts were watching and listening to local, national and global events in an effort to keep the region safe and secure.

"We are communicating with our [federal] partners," Foley posted to Twitter. "We have no indication of anything active at a local level."

Officials are reminding the public to report anything out of the ordinary by calling 9-1-1 or text "TIP711" with information to 236748.

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