FrequentFlyKid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2376 times:
I am posting this topic in response to the many conversations I have had on some of my trips after September 11. There is no doubt that many people are fearful of flying now. Many of those people cite the reason to their fear of flying is being hijacked and crashed into a building somewhere. I am one of those people who believes in never saying never. There is always a chance, no matter how small, for something to happen. However, I think its a pretty good bet that we will never again, in the United States at least, see a hijacking that results in the plane being intentionally crashed. Pre-September 11 the basic thinking about a hijacking was that they just wanted to land somewhere and collect a ransom money. They certainly didn’t want to use the aircraft as a weapon of mass destruction and crash into the tallest building they could find. This is the reason I don’t think we will ever see that happen again. Everybody’s idea of a hijacking has now changed. If a would be hijacker attempted to take over the plane he would be taken down, some way, somehow by the passengers. The flying public’s idea of a hijacking is that he wants to crash the plane, so we must do everything in our power to prevent this and they would. My point in writing this is to try to make the people who are afraid of flying because of potential hijackings see it in a different light. Travel safe.......
Saab340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2352 times:
Well personally I dont feel any better about 9-11 when we keep talking about it soo lets just move on and remeber that day as a day a saddness but keep that saddness lock up for 9-11 not all other days!!
CcrlR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
That is really why some people are riding Amtrak and Greyhound too. You see people on the buses acting the fool and stabbing people too and it's happened on Amtrak too. They never check for weapons when you ride the road or rails. That's why I like flying! I talked to some people and they said that they were scared to fly because of Sept.11th. And when I told them that I still wana fly they looked wierd and said "really?" I was serious too. I told them that you don't let the Taliban scare you, you are going to be fine on a plane. That's why we have been having a lot of people involved in car accdents than we see plane crashes or accidents.
FrequentFlyKid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2340 times:
Saab340 -- I'm sorry, I disagree. I don't know about everyone else, but I think about it everyday. It's one of those things that will always be etched in my mind. I'm sorry if it is disturbing, I know it is, but I can't just forget about it. I don't mean this in a rude way whatsoever, but if the topic bothers you so much do not read posts about them. I understand how hearing about it over and over again can get disturbing, but you are better off just ignoring those then. Travel safe......
Deltaflyertoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2334 times:
People not traveling is very over hyped, especially by the media. The bulk of the people NOT traveling are all business people who's companies don't want to spend the dough in this rough economy. Sure, in the weeks following 9/11 everyone was nervous but now people are getting back to the skies. Every month since, Oct and November the airlines are seeing enormous growth. By January to February, the numbers will be back to some normalcy minus the business travelers. January and February have always been bad months to travel. Don't let the media this winter fool you into thinking that it is doom and gloom and that NOBODY is flying. I just went through LAX and SFO twice this week and they were packed! Every single friend, coworker and aquaintance I have has flown multiple times since 9/11. Things are rebounding, slowly but they are.
FrequentFlyKid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
Saab -- I completely understand. My father works in the Pentagon. It's hard for me to not think about it. I didn't talk to him much before this happened, but we talk a lot more now. Anyway...you are cool, don't worry.
Spacecadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2296 times:
Terrorists always change tactics to keep us off guard. They may not be able to hijack anymore, but they can sure as hell still put a bomb in the cargo hold - especially if they're flying out of a smaller airport with old equipment (or even a larger airport staffed with rent-a-cops manning the x-ray machines). We also know that it's incredibly easy to get a job that provides free access to aircraft (food service, security, etc.), so someone could potentially even hide a machine gun somewhere on a plane if they really wanted to. I've seen enough hidden-camera investigative reports where undercover reporters basically did just that to not have it in the back of my mind. Especially when you hear things like 700 ID badges and a couple dozen uniforms being stolen from an airport (forget which) a while back.
Don't mean to be alarmist, but I don't think anyone should have a false sense of security right now. The exact circumstances of 9/11 could probably not happen again, but other terrorist acts that could be just as bad surely could still happen. Likely? Obviously not on any given flight, but definitely possible.