Today show reporter breaks down after airport surprise: 'Oh my god'

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Today show reporter Christine Ahern broke down in tears when she received a special surprise while reporting on her own emotional reunion with her family in Queensland on Monday morning.

Cameras followed Channel nine journalist Christine as she disembarked the first flight from Melbourne to Brisbane, who was already emotional as she explained she was about to see her sister Sharon and niece and nephews, while her parents were located on the Sunshine Coast.

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Cameras followed Channel nine journalist Christine as she disembarked the first flight from Melbourne to Brisbane. Photo: Channel Nine

"I haven't seen them in more than a year. It's been a long year. Hopefully they're as excited to see me as I'm excited to see them," she said as she moved through the terminal.

As they spotted each other, Christine rushed to embrace then all breaking down in tears, before Today hosts David Campbell and Sylvia Jeffreys revealed from back in the studio that there was more.

"There's one more surprise," Sylvia said.

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"Chris, if you keep looking around, who else can you see at the airport right now?" David added, prompting Christine to look up and spot her two parents who had also made the trip to greet her in Brisbane.

The stunned reporter let out a squeal of joy, shouting "oh my god, oh my god", before rushing over to hug them.

"It's been so long since I've seen my beautiful parents. And these are just some of the best parents you could hope for," she said as she embraced them through more tears.

"They've just been on the phone with me always during lockdown, talking me through it. It's been a long hard time in Victoria. They've seen me through."

Christine's own reunion was just one of many emotional scenes captured, as Queensland officially reopened its borders to all Australians on Monday (Dec 13) for the first time in 141 days.

Families arereunited at the Gold Coast Airport on December 13, 2021 in Coolangatta
Families are reunited at the Gold Coast Airport on December 13. Photo: Getty

Today host Sylvia Jeffreys had a tissue box handy for most of the morning, as she and David Campbell reported on the heartwarming moments.

After footage of a woman reuniting with her daughter and her grandchildren for the first time in a long while, Sylvia herself also broke down in tears and said, "It's just gorgeous."

"It's so nice seeing everyone coming back together again. Let's move on before I really ugly cry."

Sylvia, who is from Queensland, has been unable to travel back home from Sydney and see her family for almost five months, like countless others.

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