Woman to meet grandson for first time as U.S. flights reopen

'I'm going to see my grandson'. You know, I want a big hat or something - 'I'm going to see my grandson'."

This grandmother will finally meet her grandson for the first time

after travel restrictions kept them apart for over a year

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GRANDMOTHER, BHAVNA PATEL, SAYING:

"If I could dance, I would dance (LAUGHS) at the airport, you know."

"I don't think counting days is enough. It's like, not days, it's hours. You know, minutes. // Yesterday I didn't cook because I just didn't want to do anything. Now it's like I just want to go, I want to meet him, you know. Monday is too late, that's how I feel (WIPES TEAR)."

The U.S. opens its borders to fully vaccinated international visitors on Nov. 8

Patel will be on the first New York-bound BA flight leaving Heathrow

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GRANDMOTHER, BHAVNA PATEL, AND DAUGHTER, BINDIYA PATEL, SAYING:

BHAVNA: "Excited! I can't sleep. I haven't been sleeping since the day before yesterday when he confirmed. I wake up in the night and I'm thinking, 'are we really going? are we really going?'"

BINDIYA: "Yea it's a really pinch-me moment. Literally, my friends are like, 'you're going to New York next week?' I was like, 'yeah.'"

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