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West Hartford pilot reacts to fatal Turkey airport bombings

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Dr. Michael Teiger said he passed through Istanbul Ataturk Airport just a few weeks ahead of the attack. (WFSB photo) Dr. Michael Teiger said he passed through Istanbul Ataturk Airport just a few weeks ahead of the attack. (WFSB photo)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A West Hartford pilot says he will not stop traveling even after learning about the deadly airport bombings in Turkey.

Dr. Michael Teiger said he has passed through Istanbul Ataturk Airport just a few weeks ahead of the attack.

He has fond memories of his time spent in Turkey recently.

"Turkey is fascinating as far as the country, from the history, the architecture. I felt safe in Istanbul," said Teiger.

It is why he was stunned to hear about suicide bombers at one of the busiest international airports in the world.

"I think they were thorough," explained Teiger. "They scrutinized me with pat downs and going through my luggage, but I didn't feel any sense of hostility toward Americans. I think that they are very welcoming to tourists in general." 

Teiger believes the attack will stop other travelers from going to Turkey.

"At the same time, this event is going to devastate tourism. If it dropped 50% before this bombing happened, it will drop profoundly now." 

Despite news of yet another deadly terrorist attack,Teiger says it will not restrict his travels abroad.

"There is a big world out there, and you need to navigate it. To sit afraid without traveling is just not how I want to live my life," explained Teiger.

That sentiment was shared by other travelers at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

"Traveling as Americans, we can't let these other people get in the way of how we live our lives," said Ron Schowengerdt.

"It's just terrible that we live in a world that you have to be fearful of more than two people come together. I don't think we should stop doing what we are doing because that's exactly what they want," explained Gary Rappaport.

Bradley International Airport released a statement saying that safety is their number one priority but did not comment on specific security protocols.

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