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Flying home for Thanksgiving especially meaningful for active-duty military

Published On: Dec 02 2013 09:07:52 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays for airports and even in Abilene the planes are packed.

"I'm going from Abilene, Texas to Baltimore and then I'm driving to Fayetteville, North Carolina," said Edwin Martinez who was at the airport Wednesday afternoon.

"I'm taking off out of Abilene here and I'm going to Cedar Rapids, Iowa," said Ty Lyon who was also flying home Wednesday.

According to AAA more than 43 million Americans will travel Thanksgiving week. Several people serving in the military said it’s worth the trouble to see their family.

"When you don't get a chance to so often, they're a little more special," said Lyon who was deployed with the Air Force last year during the holidays.

"I'm active-duty Air Force and this will probably be the last holiday for a year that I’ll get to spend with my kids," said Martinez.

AAA said about 3 million people are taking to the air this holiday, a 3.7 percent decrease from last year, but delays, crowds, and security lines couldn't hold these travelers back.

"It's always worth it to get home so you got to keep a little perspective on why you're traveling," said Lyon.

"Throw me the worst, I can handle it," said Martinez.