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User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

I'm sorry if this was discussed before but the search function didn't turn anything up.

I noticed while browsing an index of plane crashes that the 757s and 767s were really empty on 9/11/2001, no disrespect to those who lost their lives. Is there a particular reason for this?

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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5723 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1949 times:

My uneducated theory would be that the terrorists bought out chunks of seats? I doubt it, but I dunno...

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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

Not sure why either, but loads for this past year on many of the flights were fairly full, i think because 9/11 was a tuesday and most kids were back in school the week before. Also, being a Tuesday, this is more a business pax route then leasure.

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User currently offlineBIGBlack From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 600 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

I think the flights would been fuller later in the day. It was a Tuesday morn. Most cross country flying is done on Monday during a business week. Weekends for leisure. And yes, back to school and all.

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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Tuesdays are the quietest day of the week. That's why the hijackers chose that day.

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User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

I can see the argument that terrorists chose a tuesday because it would be less busy and thus less chance of delays, etc. foiling their plans. But it seems like a busy day would make them get past security more easily/unnoticed and would cost more lives, from their view, I guess their plans take precedence then.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

SLC1 my understanding was that the terrorist picked the flights they picked because of the usually lighter load first thing in the morning, thus assuring less congestion and headache when it came to corralling the hostages. Obviously, the lower the passenger load, the lower the chance that someone or some group of passengers could mess up their plans . . . . well, they were apparently correct 3 out of 4 times . . . bully for the UA pax that went down in PA. And Rest in Peace all.

User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

ANCFlyer, thanks, I guess that makes sense-I was just thinking that maybe a day with moderate traffic would have made more sense from their perspective, may those who died rest in peace. thank god those other posts were deleted. it's time to let this thread die.

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

Also, remember that there was about 20% more capacity in the industry at that time ... and the dot-com bubble had already had its big burst, hence travel was down.

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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

Ssides hit it exactly, I think. This was, of course, before the industry was in the toilet. Frequency was no problem for the airlines.

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