Sushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1296 times:
I havent flown on an airliner since Sept 11. I have done alot of flying privatly and that hasnt really changed. Some things have changed however with the airlines. There was a post about how United doesnt close their curtains anymore just so they can see the entire cabin. That might be with all the airlines now.
I cant wait till June when Im finnaly going on airliners again, have fun!
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8201 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1264 times:
No different at all, except on Emirates they used plastic cutlery on the flights that started and ended in the UK, which I assume is a stupid British CAA rule, not Emirates policy because DXB-SIN-SYD and v.v. were metal cutlery. That was the sole difference I've noticed since 11th September, and I've flown on a British Midland (oh sorry it's "bmi" now, mustn't forget the lower case) charter in September, BA to Munich and back in December and the aforementioned Emirates J-class jaunt to Sydney and back last week.
Unless you're flying to or from Washington National you won't notice any difference at all.
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Serge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1241 times:
Nothing has really changed. The security is supposed to be tighter but I find it is about the same, some airports like SFO have added those huge x-ray machines which screen EVERY checked bag (at least at SFO).
I have flown 13 different commercial segments on 4 different airlines since 9-11 (UA, AWAC, WN, and GQ) and enjoyed every single one, even got to visit the cockpit before the flight on every plane I requested to do so..
ILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1236 times:
I flew FRA-IAD-SFO all no UA 777's in january. I have to say that the security in FRA is much tighter than it is at IAD. Still you have nothing to worry about. I don't really see how there is more likely to be a problem now then there was before 911.
Neednewairport From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1231 times:
well, I have flown three times since 9/11 and my most recent SAN - SFO last week proved that things have returned to normal. Security is a joke (except for the dudes with guns, like Europe), the flights are over-booked, y class service sucks, f class service (domestically) is just barely acceptable.
Now, I am flying into DCA on the 26th, we shall see if that is any different.....
Asgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1186 times:
I flew KEF-STN (Keflavik, Iceland - London Stansted, UK) and back one month after September 11th with GO and the only thing I could notice was that there was a bit more security at the airports. I didn't notice any difference aboard the plane. The FA's were actually repeatedly entering the cockpit (which was unlocked) during the whole flight.
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Ammunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1177 times:
well.... flying to france last year in mid november, i was security checked at every possible place, at CDG mainly, but also at MAN, i have never been through either airport before (apart from CDG when i was 5 or so) and didnt know what to expect with regards to security.
I was thoroughly (i say i, when in fact it was my hand baggage mainly) checked during all possible security check points at CDG, all of my hand baggage was removed from the bag and placed on either the table- by the x-ray machine thingy or close by, it was very embarassing- especially as i had ermm..... dare i say it..... STEPS album in there lol, amongst other unusual things. All of my hand baggae was checked thoroughly at both MAN and CDG.
I didnt mind, it was a little embarassing, but its all for safety's sake, and i understood. Maybe they checked me because i am indian- and kinda look arab- with all due respect to arab people.
anyway i had a very nice uneventful flight and i suppose thats what matters at the end of the day- safety
P.S. i think i will start a new thread on the most unusual piece of hand baggage ever taken on board
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Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1145 times:
In the U.S., some new noticable specific security measures include:
1) Must present valid identification upon boarding the aircraft (Actually, you'll probably show your ID 3 or 4 times to different people, so might as well have it out and available).
2) No unticketed passengers allowed through security checkpoints
3) Random "additional" searches of passengers and luggage at the gate.
4) National Guard with machine guns at airports
5) No knives or other sharp objects allowed through security checkpoints
6) Bag matching on all flights, selected passengers must have checked luggage screened for bombs.
7) Flights in or out of DCA (and other sensitive events like the Olympics) - all passengers must remain seated while within 30 minutes of takeoff or landing from this location.
That's all I remember off the top of my head. I've flown 40 segments since 9/11. The general atmosphere around the airports has changed, as well as the attitudes of the airline employees (as if they weren't bad enough before). You should arrive no later than one hour before departure, and arriving earlier than that would be preferrable, as lines to go through security checkpoints can last half an hour or more. During really peak times, I've seen lines as long as six hours.
Have a nice flight!
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Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6236 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1124 times:
On my AA flight yesterday from SJU-MCO I noticed nothing out of the ordinary except that AA has discontinued meal service, apparently people are flying again cause all AA flights out of SJU last night were apparently full. In my opinion security is way to relaxed again and if the authoritties don't do something about this something might haooen again.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7771 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1112 times:
Basically the attitude around most US airports now is very gloomy. No one appears to be having any fun flying any more. I'm still having fun and I wish others (most the un-frequent fliers would stop looking so scared). Frequent fliers and most business travelers seem more ticked off and complain more than before.
Some places its more noticable than others, it depends on the security screening, attitude of employees, and other variables. Lines in some places are no different, other times they are much longer, its just depends.
Most flights don't seem any different, except one some the flight crews will make all sorts of announcements about standing in the aisle, Federal Air Marshalls, gathering near the lav, etc. This is the exception. Out of 30 flights or so I've had in the past six months, I only had one flight like this, the others there was no difference.