Holiday Travelers Find Family Waiting at the End of Their Trip

November 25, 2010 Updated Nov 25, 2010 at 12:36 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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November 25, 2010 Updated Nov 25, 2010 at 12:36 AM EDT

It's an extra long holiday weekend for many...so they're hitting the road...the rails and the skies...trying to get home for Thanksgiving. For most...it's all about being with family.

BUFFALO N.Y. (WKBW) -- After all the packing, security checks and time in the air, travelers reach their final destinations. Then it's time for next step...a reunion with family and friends.

People anxiously scan the flight arrival monitors at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. They are here to meet a traveler at the end of his journey.

Ann Akin and her family have traveled from Mayville, NY to await the arrival of Nick, "Waiting for my son to come home from college. He's at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx. So he's on his vacation."

Although it's only his first semester away at school...the group is anticipating his return. "Exciting! We've been waiting a long time it seems like. It's the first time he's been away from home for that length of time." exclaimed Ann Akin.

Nick Akin made sure he got home on time, "I left as soon as I could. I got some classes out of the way so I could leave real early. It's exciting. It's my first time home since August. I haven't seen any of them since then."

Dennis Lutz is from Rochester. He's carrying his granddaughter through the baggage claim area. His daughter and her family just arrived from Oklahoma City and they're happy to be here. "It's awesome. The flights were smooth and we didn't have issues....so we are happy. We got out of Chicago before the storm hit, so we are happy. We get to see my dad and family, "said Julie Dearing, Lutz's daughter.

Lutz was happy with the way things worked out, "It worked really great. The flight was about 15 minutes late. So I sat around and when it landed...she sent me a text message. So it went real real well."

The second busiest travel period of the year of the year is right around the corner. Millions will be reunited with loved ones over the Christmas holiday season.