when a plane is returned to it's lessor, that means that the plane was LEASED from a company. Big leaseing companies include ILFC (International Leasing Finance Corp, I think) and GECAS (General Electric Capital Aviation Services). When the plane is returned to the lessor, that means that it was given back to that company due to whatever, in this case an airline going bankrupt.
We in Dallas learned that term very quickly when Legend went bust.
Also, you guy, think about this: PanAm was one of the world's biggest airlines, right up there with TWA. The economy got bad. Really bad. Late 1980s was a bad time for airlines. And then- boom- a bomb on 103. That undid the airline. Not immediately. But eventually.
TWA. Huge huge airline. Economy got bad. TWA never fully recovered. But then- boom- flt 800 exploded. The airline eventually went broke, as we all are painfully aware of right now.
No, I am not saying that these explosions caused these airlines' deaths. BUT- look at conditions RIGHT NOW: economy has gotten bad. Airlines are losing money like it's in style. All of a sudden American- the world's biggest- loses two aircraft. And United- the airline formerly known as the worlds biggest- loses two airplanes.
In all of these instances, the airline was not directly liable. Yes, PanAm was partially liable for the bomb being brought aboard. But TWA wasn't, and neither are AA or United.
The guys that hijacked those planes were just like you and me: they had tickets, they weren't carrying large or dangerous weapons. No guns. Just box cutters. And a big red box with the word "bomb" written on the side (exaggeration).
As I sit and watch CNN and hear that only TICKETED people are let past security gates, I realize that that PARTICULAR measure would have done NOTHING to stop yesterdays events. Those guys all had tickets. Why should we suffer in that way?
I am all for tightened security, and if it means that I can live through a flight and not get blown up, then I will GLADLY give up going to the airport terminal and taking pictures. But gosh, I wish there were some other way to ensure my safety as a passenger. Like....uh... gee..... airport personnel metal detectors? Or something like that, you know what I mean. Earlier yesterday they were saying that the hijackers had most likely gone through onto the ramp area. I don't know if that is actually what happened. I don't think so. So, in that case, metal detectors for airport employees would have done nothing either, I guess.
This is so sensless, I wish the whole thing just hadn't ever happened. Why did this happen? What did we ever do to Osama bin Ladin? We haven't hurt Afghanistan's feelings ever, as far as I know.
God bless us, we don't know what to do.