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Airport Workers - Your Days At Work Following 9/11

Thu Jan 09, 2003 10:01 am

As we all know, the couple days right after 9/11 happened, nothing was happening at the nations airports. My question for you fellow airport workers is... is there anything you did/wish you had done at your airport that you may never get the chance to do again?

One thing I did was park the company truck in the middle of our biggest runway during what would have been the busiest time of the day and had lunch. I just sat there on the runway centerline for around fifteen minutes and just soaked in the reality of what was going on. The silence was deafening. I heard the highway two miles away, never did before.

The thing that I wish I had done was bring in my golf clubs. I would have taken out the driver, and see if I could have put a golf ball down our 11,000' runway.  Laugh out loud I could have bragged that I once made a 3,500 yd drive!!

What did you do/wish you had done?

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RE: Airport Workers - Your Days At Work Following 9/11

Thu Jan 09, 2003 5:43 pm

Best thing I could say, is to just have been there. We were at home, and paid to do it.
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RE: Airport Workers - Your Days At Work Following

Mon Jan 13, 2003 3:05 pm

I will never forget how LNK became a miniature hub for United in a matter of 30 minutes. Within that time we received 2 A320's, a 757, 2 737's and a Canadair Regional Jet. Until the US airspace was opened for flight, employees were assigned by the Operations at United to stay aboard the aircraft overnight, assuring that no irregular activity be taken under the night's sky.
Having the honor of sitting in the Boeing 757, I sat in first class only trying to think about the mazes that were going through the passenger's minds. The news would especially hit home, having the aircraft was coming from EWR.
Out of curiourosity, I progressed to the cockpit. Sitting in the captains chair I noticed three slips of paper on dash right next to the ACARS machine. All in chronological order they said,

"An AA 767 has struck the WTC"

"A UA 767 has struck the WTC"

the last slip,

"Please divert to the nearest airport as possible"

Talk about chills... thinking about those three ACARS messages gets me every time.