Families wept with joy in arrivals halls yesterday as they reunited with loved ones after the 20-month Covid travel ban to the US was finally lifted.
Vaccinated Brits were at last allowed to board planes to the States in another huge step towards normality.
And it came as figures showed the UK now has the lowest Covid R rate in Western Europe, with cases falling again.
The first flights landed to cheers in New York as passengers, including sisters Jill and Louise Chambers, counted down the minutes to their reunions.
As she rushed to greet her family, Jill, 57, said: “I cannot stop crying. None of us can. I find it so hard to believe we’re finally here.”
Waiting at JFK airport was five-year-old Bowie, who had no idea why he was there, only that a surprise was on its way — his auntie Jill, from Manchester, who he had not seen in over a year.
Clutching her teary-eyed nephew, she said: “This is the most emotional thing we’ve ever been through.
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