Millions of Americans getting ready to travel for Thanksgiving

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COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Thanksgiving is only two days away and the rush to get home for the holiday starts Tuesday.

Whether it’s by plane, train, or automobile, millions of Americans are setting out to be home in time for dinner.

For many, the headaches that come with travel only last for so long, because what’s waiting on the other end of those never ending lines and flights is usually worth the wait.

“I will be the first time in four years we’ve been able to get our son and daughter together on Thanksgiving,” said Reid Muller, of Albany. “Our son is on leave from the marines, and our daughter has come over from England with her boyfriend”

In some cases, there is a little more to be thankful for this year than last year.  Debra Herron gained a granddaughter. News10’s cameras were rolling as she tearfully met 7-week-old Riley for the first time.

“Oh she’s beautiful,” said Herron. “Just like her mommy.”

Albany Airport is expecting its huge rush to begin Tuesday.

Albany International Airport says they expect 60,000 people to fly in and fly out. And even though they bring on extra staff to help out, be prepared for long lines at the ticket counters and at security.

As always we want to help you maintain your sanity along the way. So, it’s recommended you arrive at least 90 minutes ahead of your flight to make sure you have enough time to park your car, return a rental, check your bags, get your boarding pass, and hit the restroom, all before you get here to the security checkpoint.

You’ve heard the spiel many times, no liquids above 3.4 oz., take off your shoes, empty your pockets, and remove any electronics.

And we know there are many of you who don’t want to show up to the feast empty-handed. So if you’re wondering, here are some sides that slide with TSA.

Yes, you can actually carry on your homemade Pumpkin or Apple Pie. You can even bring a Turkey, Ham, or your favorite Stuffing.

However, when it comes to anything liquid or gel-like it can get tricky. Things like Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed or Sweet Potatoes, those are not allowed.

And to keep them cool throughout your flight, frozen ice packs are allowed, as long as they are frozen solid.

If you still have any questions about what is and is not allowed on your flight, download the MYTSA app. All you do is type in an item, and the app will tell you whether it’s a carry-on item, if it must be checked, or if it is not allowed at all.

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