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Heavy police presence, fewer travelers at Logan

A heavy security presence greeted travelers arriving at Logan International Airport late Friday morning, although employees at the airport said the number of travelers appeared less than normal, likely because of the public transportation ban and authorities’ orders for people to stay home.

Some passengers said they were successfully able to call cabs to bring them to the airport, though taxis have been ordered off the roads.

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Police with heavy armor and guns guarded Terminal E as travelers uneasily walked by. Inside, the mood was somber as passengers, many with children on a weeklong school break, waited for flights and checked the status of the bomb-suspect search on smartphones.

“We had to get here by going west to come east,’’ said Steve Wilson, of Albany, N.Y., who stayed in Watertown Thursday night only blocks from where the manhunt began. He came to Boston to catch a flight Friday morning to Kansas City for a NASCAR race.

“Its a good thing I did,’’ he said. His son, who lives in Watertown, was away, so Wilson stayed with his son’s pregnant wife. “They were glad I was there ... but we were up all night with the sirens.”

Contrary to reports, police were not checking cars on the way into the airport.

Beth Daley can be reached at bdaley@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeBethDaley.
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