The first flight from Boston Tuesday morning landed at San Francisco International Airport with some very shaken but grateful travelers.
They were relieved to be home safely from the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured dozens more.
Runner Carrie Safford said she had crossed the finish line before the bombs went off.
Her voice trembled as she spoke of thinking about all the "what ifs."
She said almost did not want to get on the plane again, but she did.
"I just want to hug my kids," Safford said.
She, like many others here wore a yellow marathon jersey.
Fellow runner Angela O'Connor said the explosion sounded like it was a bomb.
"It reminded me of what I saw on 9/11. It was scary. People were dropping on the ground praying. People were running all over trying to find out if their family was okay," O'Connor.
The subways were evacuated. There was fear and confusion. Many here told us that leaving Boston was eerie, too. The streets seemed empty but the freeways were packed with people trying to leave the city.