Families reunite for Thanksgiving in Detroit Metro Airport

‘I was so excited to come to the airport because this where my Gigi’s going to come’

DETROIT – Things moved smoothly at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, with people coming and going and families reuniting just in time for Thanksgiving.

On any given day at an airport, there’s a little bit of hurry up and wait, like waiting to check your bag, going through security, or waiting for grandma to get off the plane.

“I was so excited to come to the airport because this is where my Gigi is going to come,” said 5-year-old Melina.

She couldn’t wait any longer as the moment was quite big; The moment was also a big moment for her baby brother as he was about to meet his grandmother for the first time.

“When she was born, everybody was in and holding her and seeing her, and this time it was just me and my husband, and my mom was like, I won’t even bother if I can’t come in the hospital, I’ll just let you guys do your thing, and I’ll come at Thanksgiving,” said Melina’s mother. “So she hasn’t seen him at all yet.”

Finally, Gigi arrived with big hugs and first holds.

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About the Authors:

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.