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Some CNN.com readers make it a policy to stay home for the holidays, while for others, a tumultuous day at the airport is a small price to pay for turkey in the company of loved ones.

We asked readers to share their holiday travel tales and their reasons for braving the airport. Below is a selection of their responses, some of which have been edited for length and clarity.

AJ of Milwaukee, Wisconsin I work on the ramp for a major airline and it's amazing just how busy it gets, and I'm not even at a major international airport, so I can't imagine the stress one must go through in a large airport with the lines and security. I feel for you people! The only downside is the unnecessarily heavy 80-100 lbs. bags. Is it really necessary to pack so heavy? Take a few minutes to really think about what you need to take, plus you're saving yourself money because most airlines charge fees for heavy bags. With that, wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels! Read full article »

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