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Travelers took to the skies to spend time with loved ones for Thanksgiving

The Reagan National Airport was relatively quiet on Thursday as people headed off to see family and friends for Thanksgiving.

ARLINGTON, Va. — It was smooth sailing for travelers flying out of Reagan National Airport to see their loved ones on Thanksgiving. 

WUSA9 arrived at the airport around 11 a.m. on Thursday and found no lines and a relatively empty baggage claim area.

Even though travelers were far and few between, each had a story like Tommy Harrigan. He flew in from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"A lady friend of mine is going to be 95 on Saturday so we're having Thanksgiving today and a birthday party on Saturday," said Harrigan.

He says he met his friend Myrtle while the two were volunteering their time to decorate the White House during the holidays about 20 years ago.

"First day I met her, and we became instant friends," said Harrigan. He says he's looking forward to spending time with his dear friend.

Tevon Marshall was getting ready to fly out of Reagan National Airport. He says he's excited to "enjoy my family, enjoy the food and festivities".

As many prepare to gather around the table, Vicky and Chuck Bush-Joseph told WUSA9 one thing that won't be allowed at their family table is politics. "Not politics" the two agreed, "those are things that will not be at the table".

Other travelers shared some controversial items that they hope don't end up on their family's table: from ham to green bean casserole. 

"I hope to God there's no green bean casserole because that's nothing but a 1950s Campbells bored housewife's recipe," said Harrigan.

Marshall meanwhile said he could do without the turkey. "It's dry, it's dry. I'm not gonna lie, it's just dry" said Marshall.

Regardless of what's on that table, many agreed they're just grateful to be surrounded by their loved ones.

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