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Old 04-03-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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What was it like boarding an airplane right after the 9/11 attacks?
Well, it wasn't RIGHT AFTER....but I remember getting 4 round trip tix to tamp for $424 TOTAL and sitting on a plane that wasn't packed.

<shrug> after something like that it's actually less likely to happen.
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Hanover, MD
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I moved to start high school in Washington D.C. a week before 9/11 without my parents or siblings. As soon as I could after, and for the rest of the year, I'd fly home to Connecticut out of National Airport just across the river from the district in Arlington. Things were obviously super tense on the streets ... I lived off of 16th street not too far from downtown and the White House. The first flight I took home post-9/11, driving to the airport there were tanks parked on the streets and on the parkway you pass to get to the airport (close to the Pentagon), along with obvious sharp shooters positioned on buildings ... an increased presence from the few you see on top of 1600 Pennsylvania.

Going through the airport, security was tense ... guys with big guns and and serious expressions. TSA had obviously immediately beefed up. They were nice to me, because I was still a kid at the time, but I saw a lot of people being pulled aside.

I also remember, on the flight out and back, the "thirty minute rule." On flights out of National, BWI (about forty minutes away from D.C., in Maryland) and Dulles (out in Virginia), people on the plane were required by federal regulation to remain seated for the first and last thirty minutes of the flight. It had nothing to do with reaching a cruising altitude or preparing to land, and the stewardess who making the announcement was always pretty explicit about it.

If somebody violated that rule once push-back from the gate began, the plane would return to the gate and the person would be escorted off by a federal marshall (happened, once, on a plane I was on). If a person violated the rule while the plane was in the air, I remember hearing about the plane having to turn back and land at Dulles ... though I can't say for sure that that ever happened. I remember abiding by that restriction for at least a year flying in and out of D.C., and then it being repeated but not-so-strictly enforced for a while after that. I know that they don't do it anymore.
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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We flew home from our trip to Key West on the 1st anniversary of 9/11. When we booked the flight, it didn't even occur to us what day it was. It did make us a little nervous. The airports were eerily quiet - all of the televisions were showing the huge 1 year memorial service that was being held. Very few people were flying, and all of the airlines were giving out little American flag lapel pins, and thanking everyone for flying. I have never been in an airport as empty as the Miami airport was that day. The plane only had a handful of people on board, and everyone seemed very relieved to touch down at BWI in Baltimore.
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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There is a razor sharp crash axe strapped to the rear wall in the cockpit. Every time I taxied a plane to the hangar, I would have to move the axe from between the captain's seat, and the center pedestal.

That was the worst place they could have stashed it because it could have very easily gotten jammed in the rudder pedals. For those first few months, those guys were very scared.
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I hate to say this but my dear brother whom I love dearly will still not fly with anyone who looks in the slightest to be of arabic descent . I mean he has totally gotten off a flight because of it . We have tried , his wife has tried to get him into some kind of therapy but he will not go and he also sits in a restaraunt where he can see the front door and i do notice him watching it sometimes and i asked him why he does this and he says well if those folks in texas had watched that lubbys door maybe some of them would still be alive .It just gets really difficult sometimes to enjoy ourselves with him around . so I would say no my brother does not fly as much as he used to .
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Well, it wasn't RIGHT AFTER....but I remember getting 4 round trip tix to tamp for $424 TOTAL and sitting on a plane that wasn't packed.

<shrug> after something like that it's actually less likely to happen.
Yeah...low prices too...I went nonstop Chicago to London for about $300 RT for New Years.
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Old 04-06-2009, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Big Island- Hawaii, AK, WA where the whales are!
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OK --- right after - literally plan took off from Seattle we went up and turned around and came right back down..... and taxied back to the gate at high rates of speed....like high speed never seen before or again..

No explanations- got into Seattle airport -- everyone standing in lines asking questions all TVS blacked out.... rumors through the lines was a plane crashed into the Space Needle (a building) in Seattle was first word. After over an hour starting getting info through cells phones and people talking. I just went back to the truck and went home and watched TV along with everyone else.

Fly out the next week - ex now - idoit picked me up at the airport on the 28th in the pest control truck.... I was on cell with him saying you brought the truck? why? Just wait I will be right there almost outside.... his answer was " NO I won't be here I have 15 machine guns pointed at me right now I will be across the street from the airport waiting..."
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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I hate to say this but my dear brother whom I love dearly will still not fly with anyone who looks in the slightest to be of arabic descent . I mean he has totally gotten off a flight because of it . We have tried , his wife has tried to get him into some kind of therapy but he will not go and he also sits in a restaraunt where he can see the front door and i do notice him watching it sometimes and i asked him why he does this and he says well if those folks in texas had watched that lubbys door maybe some of them would still be alive .It just gets really difficult sometimes to enjoy ourselves with him around . so I would say no my brother does not fly as much as he used to .
Not to disrespect you or your brother in anyway, shape of fashion, but those of Arabic descent come in so many shades and complexions, there is no really "typical" look. I have met those who are so blond haired and blue-eyed they could have been from Sweden, to another who could pass for Michael Jordan's twin. I will also say that they are some of the kindest and hospitable people I have met in my life. I have no fear of ANYONE until they give me reason to do so.

So he could have been seated next to someone of Arabic descent and not even know it.

It's a shame that this tragedy has evoked such stereotypes and hatred against a people, the majority of whom DO NOT advocate the brash violence towards our country and it's ways, but have also spoken out against it.

I do hope your brother comes to terms with his fear, as it will do nothing but cripple and hamper his life even further.

Again, no disrespect intended.

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Old 04-08-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: NJ, but my heart & soul are in Hawaii
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Hubby and I had reservations for a cruise on 10/17/01. We flew out of Newark, NJ, to Puerto Rico. We were very nervous to say the least, however, we kept our plans and actually, we felt quite safe flying. I'm glad we didn't cancel.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:49 AM
 
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My first trip about a year after the attacks was really high security. The funny part, my assigned seat coming back from Chicago on TED (go figure, lol), they put me in a middle seat. No problem there, but I was put between two Arabic speaking people who talked in Arabic to each other. At first I was kinda nervous, you know, the psyche thing about the incident. But they really were friendly people and I asked if one of them would like to switch seats with me so they can sit next to each other but they didnt mind where they were. Eventually they invited me in their conversation because they were headed to Tucson to visit, they were college students. Some people would probably have been hesitant to sit next to Arabic people at that point, but I found them interesting.
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