SFO Busy Again for Thanksgiving Reunion After Travel Restrictions Lifted – CBS San Francisco

San Francisco International Airport (KPIX 5) — Bay area airports, including San Francisco International Airport, were busy Wednesday as travelers gathered with loved ones for the first Thanksgiving since COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted.

Wednesday night was just the beginning of the Miller family reunion from New York. The family packed into a minivan bound for their grandmother, after the 2017 Tubbs fire destroyed Rebecca’s parents’ Santa Rosa home, then the COVID pandemic.

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“This is our first chance to have a Thanksgiving in the rebuilt house so you’ll be impressed,” said Rebecca Miller.

The Miller family arrives at San Francisco International Airport to celebrate Thanksgiving, November 24, 2021 (CBS)

The Miller family arrives at San Francisco International Airport to celebrate Thanksgiving, November 24, 2021 (CBS)

Inside SFO, Benjamin Reeves and his brother John were waiting for their nephew Josh, whom they had not seen in two years. They’re hoping to get a chuckle with their carefully designed tag and “jail” joke.

“It’s his first time traveling here alone, so we’re going to make him feel special,” Benjamin Reeves told KPIX 5.

“It was very sad last year because it was just me and my wife,” said John Reeves.

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Hugs, kisses and long smiles appear everywhere as the constant flow of cars, delivery and pick-up of travelers.

“It’s been so long it’s nice not to see them on screen,” said Sabina Dzankić from Auckland.

COVID-19 has put off countless gatherings, but get-togethers are back again and look like they should be.

It’s something Josh and his uncles are grateful for.

Travel experts say they expect longer queues and arriving two hours earlier than domestic flights.

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If your flight is cancelled, they recommend travelers use an airline’s website or app to rebook faster.

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