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What Was Your First Post 9/11 Flight?  
User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1564 posts, RR: 15
Posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9568 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.


757 Most beautiful airliner in the sky!
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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6617 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9557 times:

ORD->AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA->MUC->ORD, at the end of November, 2001.

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' T.Roosevelt
User currently offlineN777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9558 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!!!!!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineMontanaFL From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9556 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.

I miss those DL L-1011's
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9550 times:

9/15/2001. DL ATL-IAD, what should have been ATL-DCA. I had been stuck in Atlanta after having already been there for a week.

We were the third passenger carrying flight to depart ATL.


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9545 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...

User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9543 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  Sad

User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9540 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]

Northwest Airlines - Some People Just Know How to Fly
User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9530 times:

11/22/01 PIT-ATL-RSW on DL flights. They were full (MD-80 & 757), security was tight, they checked everything we had but thats ok with me, better to be safe then sorry.

User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1079 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9523 times:

Mine was on 9/14/01 from EWR to PBI on CO. It took me 3 1/2 hours to get from check in to the gate.

User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9517 times:

WN ISP-PBI in early October 2001, I can't remember the exact date. It was completely uneventful.

"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9508 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."
User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9506 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).


User currently offlineLHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9489 times:

5/2/02 Flight was LHR - JFK on AA101, 777-200. I have to admit that I had no fear of flying american. There was no reason to be with all the checks that were going on!

Thanks Dave  Big thumbs up

Always after the picture you can't get..
User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2627 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9477 times:

First flight after 9/11 was AA from ICT - DFW - CLT in October 2001.
Last flight before 9/11 was HP from ANC- PHX - ICT on Sept 3, 2001.

Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9474 times:

about 2 weeks after 9/11... on DL CMH-CVG (72S) CVG-ATL (764) ATL-CMH (M88)

Airliners.net of the Future
User currently offlineUsairways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9471 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.

User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 9467 times:

my first flt was MEM-DTW-CDG with NW, Saturday 09-15.
My DTW-CDG leg was with a DC10 and is my worst flight. Even worse than my trip with an Aviogenex TU134, a long time ago.

Ecoute les orgues, Elles jouent pour toi...C'est le requiem pour un con
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9460 times:

I flew UA from JFK-GRU in December 01. Uneventful.

User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9456 times:

Early April 2002 on a US Airways A321 from Charlotte to Boston. Uneventful, but kind of weird for me.


User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9453 times:

9/22/01 PHX-DEN (737-300), DEN-MSP (737-500) on United. Counted less than 50 pax on both flights.

User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9449 times:

My first post 9/11 flight was not until March, 2002, from LAX to FLL on AA:

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Then I connected on to Southwest from FLL to MCO:

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Then I connected again on to Southwest from MCO to AUS:

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I flew the LAX-FLL flight overnight, and the other two the netx day. It was a great way to start experiencing air travel all over again after 9/11.

ONT - Southern California's Ontario!
User currently offlineClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9439 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."� Alfred Kahn, 1977
User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2386 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9440 times:

GLA-KEF-BOS-KEF-GLA at the end of March '02.
BOS still had a slightly eerie atmosphere about it then, and security was still very strict.

User currently offlineBa97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9429 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
25 COAB767 : My first flight was on 9/15/01 on CO2 from GUM-HNL. we had a light load that day probably about 160 pax or so.
26 Mikedlayer : My first was in the end of July 2002, as I simply hadn't got anything booked any earlier this certain year. I went on Futura (spanish airline) from LT
27 Leviticus : ARN-WAW on a LOT 737-500 about 7 months after. We had a 40% load.
28 JuniorSpotter : 9/20/01, if I don't remember it wrong. GOT-PMI. Pretty freaky, yes.
29 Kgin11 : My 1st post 9-11 flight was 10-6-01 UA from SFO-ONT (a few days before the end of Shuttle by United). The load was light and the flight crew requested
30 Worldoftui : My first flight after 9-11 was PUY-LGW on a 737-200 with the now defunct European Air Charter. I then flew to Boston with UA in November, just a coupl
31 Vatveng : Jaunuary 2002, AA/Eagle ORF-ORD-Stranded at Ramada-ORD-SJC-DFW-ORF Mostly full flights on all segments, my first ERJ flight, my first (and last if I c
32 Cactus739 : My first post 9/11 flight wasn't until October of 2002.. it was an America West Express (Mesa) CRJ from Phoenix to LA.... other than a 2 hour maintena
33 Whaley : 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
34 Trekster : 7th December, 2001 Qantas from london toBrisbane with an internal flight half way thru december to melbourne for a few days. Only thing that i noticed
35 MerC : 3 August, 2002. GOT-AYT on Pegasus 734.
36 Dtwclipper : 9/17/01, the first Monday after. DTW-CVG. I might also add, I was flying DTW-ORD on 9/11/01, and arrived at the AAdmirals Club just as the fist plane
37 EGHHwizard : My first Post 9/11 flight wasn't until January 2003, a charter flight with TUI (Britannia) from Gatwick to Palma on a B757-200.
38 Navairjax : Nov 02 FUK-NRT-ATL-BOS NH/DL First time back in BOS for over a year (last visit prior 8/2/01) On most trips up to BOS in the past year I have used gat
39 Luv2fly : December 4th, 2001 an overnight to NYC. We flew B6 from BUF to JFK for a mere $40.00 roundtrip. They were doing a promotion to get people to fly and t
40 Speedbudgie : BWI to LAS on America West. We left on September 26th and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and then back out). A much needed breath of fresh a
41 Airforum : Actually I was on a Transavia flight from Amsterdam to Djerba (Tunisia) just a few hours prior to the attacks. I went to my hotelroom and then on to t
42 Dabzf : Mine was next day: 12Sep ARN-HEL
43 MIASkies : For me it was AA B752 flight from MIA TO LGA leaving at 735am...it was bit nerve racking...but a great flight! Following that, I took AA 763 that Dece
44 Douglas7Seas : Trying to return to PDX form LAX. Was home to visit family. Got out as soon as they started flying again. It was spooky at LAX. No people, no planes m
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