Dl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1563 posts, RR: 14 Posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9301 times:
For me it was Sat. 9-15-01 ATL-SLC DL709 Boeing 763. I remember scanning the other pax in the boarding area and "profiling" them, as if it would do any good. The flight had maybe 50 pax and the atmosphere was very tense. I identified myself as a DL employee to the flight attendants and offered help if needed. The flight was very smooth and uneventful of course and it wasn't long before I felt comfortable flying again.
Please share your own experiences getting back into the air after 9/11.
N777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9291 times:
My first post 9/11 trip also included my first 777 flight. It was United 103 and 52, Chicago-Los Angeles-Honolulu, A320/B777. I wasn't tense as far as security was concerned, as it was July 2002, and things had somewhat settled down by then. My only beef was that I was a random security search at the jetway....the people being searched the same time I was were a mother and her 2 year old daughter, and all three of us were being searched by Middle Eastern men who could barely speak English.....
.....Yeah, GO TSA......you guys rule.......HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!
MontanaFL From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9289 times:
Nov 1, 2001 TPA-ATL-LGW. Tickets were purchased 2-3 weeks before 9/11. After 9/11, I wasn't so much worried about an incident happening as I was about not being able to take my vacation. Was glad to see planes back in the air and able to take my vacation.
Flyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9278 times:
I think it was January 8th, 2002. That is only 4 months after 9/11. I was goint to go to Europe, but post 9/11 I wanted to see America. I booked LGA-CLE-LAS-CLE-LGA on CO CoEx... My first flight then was a CoEx ERJ...
Deltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9276 times:
9/18/01 - DFW - HOU on a CRJ. Nothing exciting - about 10 people on the flight. DL terminal was eerily empty, of course. Came back on 9/20 and landed on 13R - it was extremely sad for me to see all the AA planes parked by the hangars and even on the taxiways. So many uphappy MD-80s parked wingtip to wingtip
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9273 times:
For me it was mid-November 2001, MCI-ATL-TPA-ATL-MCI. Nothing really seemed out of the ordinary except for the TSA getting set up and the beefed up security. ATL was still fairly busy. The flights were pretty good.
[Edited 2004-06-05 05:27:04]
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Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9241 times:
my first flight was nov 12th. i took a 172 down to PHX. but my first airline flight was april 2002 when i came home from PRC. i was flying F9 from PHX to LGA thru DEN. i had my flight bag as a carryon item (that bag was worth more than my car at the time and i wasn't going to let it out of my sight). i had a POH for a cessna caravan, my logbook, pilot's certificate, medical certificate, charts, approach plates and other such documents, Garmin GPS 196, scanner, etc…. anyway, the screeners decided i was a threat to the flight and had me detained for 8 hours (handcuffed to a fucking chair) pending verification of my identification. once they decided to compare my passport, driver's license, pilot certificate, medical certificate, EMT certificate and ID from the EMS provider i was working for (badge included) they let me go, all of which i had on me to begin with.
after i told the pilots that story and where i was going to school they let me jumpseat all the way to LGA.
"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9239 times:
9/14/01 SFO-MCI on Vanguard. I was very glad that I had a seat up front on their MD-80 since we spent something like two hours after pushback on the ground (ground stop, then ended up back at the gate for more fuel, then finally departed, the a brief bomb scare in the terminal at MCI).
Usairways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9204 times:
it was december 18 2001. BWI-PHL-FLL. other than the rainy and windy weather landing in PHL, the rest of the trip was ok. comming back, dec. 26 2001, FLL-PHL-BWI was ok too, but security in FLL was very tight. it was the first time i had to take off my shoes at the security checkpoint.
ClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9172 times:
First flight was in may02, when I was carrying a consignment of spare parts for a vessel from Frankfurt to Muscat, Oman as an onboard courier.
I was booked on BA and flew via LHR.
As I was carrying the box with spare parts heavier than 10kg, I had to open it at least 9 times when going through securities checks and xrays, so at the end the box looked like sh*t, but I led each security officer seal & sign the box after screening, which not only cost my nerves but theirs too.
First thing I noticed when entering the A319 were the new stainless steel cockpit doors BA had put on their planes.
Other than that, queueing seemd to be what flying was about now.
Pax was about 50-50 christian and muslim, which didn't bother me at all.
We flew along the iraqi-jordanian border, which, as I looked down on to the iraqi terrain, made me think about where we are today.
Yeah, it was kind of odd, that my first flight after 9-11, went to arabian country . When I was there, albeit the warmness of all omani people I met there, I didn't feel safe and stayed mostly at the beach and the hotel resort, rather than exploring the cultural goods and treasures of Salalah. I don't know why, and I could kick my ass today for not doing so, but I think that it was alsio after the attacks on german tourists in Tunesia. Well, that is still a pretty bad excuse, but somehow the little 'propaganda-man' was constantly banging with his little hammer against my head from the inside. Oman is No.1 on my list of countries I want to re-visit.
"I really don't know one plane from the other. To me they are just marginal costs with wings."Ã¯Â¿Â½ Alfred Kahn, 1977
Ba97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9162 times:
Sept 14 YYZ to CDG. About 3/4 of the way there something in my gut felt really weird and I got the sweats. My neighbour across the street had been killed at Canter Fitzgerald-went for a 9am meeting there, leaving his wife and 2 year old at the Marriott across the street. For some unknown reason I really felt I was not going to make it home. When I got to Helsinki 2 days later, I found jetway doors open and no security--very odd.
there is economy class, business class, first class...then Concorde..pure class
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: My first (and so far only) transatlantic flight, AMS-CPH-SEA on SK, around the 20th of October, so a little over a month after 9/11. I had already bou
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