NorCal families at SMF reunite amid holiday pandemic travel

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Emotional and exciting moments unfolded at the Sacramento International Airport this week as family members met, some not having seen each other for quite a while. With more fully vaccinated travelers, people are finding it safer to fly. “So happy,” said mom Becky Davis Majewski of Folsom, who picked up daughter Emma from the airport. “FaceTime is great, but hugs are better.”Air Force serviceman Brock Berech surprised friend Luis Martinez at the airport. The two started training together over a year ago, and Martinez recently left for an assignment in New Jersey. “We’ll be doing a Friendsgiving tomorrow,” Berech said. “It means a lot to be home,” Martinez said. “Can’t wait to surprise my friends also.” Other families felt comfortable enough to go on trips that had been set on the backburner. Fairfield mom Melissa Jabonero got her family tickets to Disneyland two years ago before the pandemic began. “During the pandemic, we pretty much sheltered at home, so we’re pretty excited to go,” said Jabonero, who is also taking the family to see Korean pop stars BTS. “I did get the kids vaccinated — the youngest ones, recently.” They weren’t the only ones looking forward to their flight. “This is the first time a lot of the family is going to be meeting Hazel,” said Nicholas Vargas, referencing his 18-month-old child. “She was a pandemic baby.” This will also be Hazel’s first time flying.”We’re excited to see how she does on the flight,” added mom Lauren Terrazas. Sisters Zsa Zsa Knight and Hazel Avington weren’t able to make it to Rocklin to see their families last year.”It was pretty sad. We usually try to get together,” said Knight, who added that COVID-19 was a serious concern for the family. “I’m happy now people are getting vaccinated. So you feel a little better about having people over.”

Emotional and exciting moments unfolded at the Sacramento International Airport this week as family members met, some not having seen each other for quite a while.

With more fully vaccinated travelers, people are finding it safer to fly.

“So happy,” said mom Becky Davis Majewski of Folsom, who picked up daughter Emma from the airport. “FaceTime is great, but hugs are better.”

Air Force serviceman Brock Berech surprised friend Luis Martinez at the airport. The two started training together over a year ago, and Martinez recently left for an assignment in New Jersey.

“We’ll be doing a Friendsgiving tomorrow,” Berech said.

“It means a lot to be home,” Martinez said. “Can’t wait to surprise my friends also.”

Other families felt comfortable enough to go on trips that had been set on the backburner. Fairfield mom Melissa Jabonero got her family tickets to Disneyland two years ago before the pandemic began.

“During the pandemic, we pretty much sheltered at home, so we’re pretty excited to go,” said Jabonero, who is also taking the family to see Korean pop stars BTS. “I did get the kids…



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