Dulles sees tame lines, flights on-time

Lines were tamed and hallways at Dulles International Airport looked empty. Up on the board, flights were scheduled. Call it a Thanksgiving slowdown.

“That’s actually why we’re traveling today because the flights we not supposed to be crowded, but apparently it now is,” says Tom Kinne.

Kinne had an early Thanksgiving in Virginia with his children, Morgan and Andrew. The airline pilot was flying standby hoping to get on a flight to Florida where he lives.

The flight was looking full, but he was staying positive and thankful for other things.

“We do have it pretty good,” he says. “We have family, friends and our health.”

Other families were willing to put Thanksgiving on hold, but only for a day.

“I’m looking forward to it,” says Jingley Li.{ }

Li and her family had a good reason to put away the winter clothes. Tomorrow they’ll be celebrating on the beach in the Cayman Islands.

“It’s kind of getting away from the routine life.”

Outside, Private First Class Kristen Zacherl tells her husband she’s arrived. It’s her first time home in months.

“I wanted to surprise my father because he was proud of me when I graduated in boot camp in Parris Island.”

The Marine has been in Florida training to be an air traffic controller. Her two dogs get first attention.

“It’s just really good to see her. One of the most awesome people I’ve ever met,” says her husband.

“It’s just going to be great to be able to hug my parents and see my husband and spend the night in bed with him,” says Kristen.