Photo © James Reppucci
For any of us that are or have been Flight Attendants or Cockpit Crew, it has to be chilling. On that day they all put on their uniforms and went to work! True, our office is at 35,000 feet. But, you have to realize that we are taught to deal with many things in training but never something so unimaginable as that!
They would have boarded the flight an hour before the passengers, proceeded with safety checks, meal counts, audio/video operation, reviewed passenger lists, flight times, flight routes. And about 40 minutes prior to departure the passengers would have started boarding the aicraft. Since, it has been previously stated. The hijackers were known to have been seated in First Class. So, by airline standards that Flight Attendants would have proceeded with hanging up any passenger coats, followed by a pre-departure drink service, and presentation of Inflight menus. And, as per airline standards they would address the First Class passengers by name!
They had to address their murderers by name!
Once he First Class/Business Class passengers were aboard the aircraft the main cabin and any passenegers requiring assistance would have proceeded to board the aircraft. At 10 minutes prior to departure an announcement would have been made as to welcome passenegers aboard and to advise them of the baggage information. Several minutes after that there would be another announcement and that would state intent to pushback from the gate and request for all passengers to be seated. The aircraft door would have been closed and the Flight Attendants would then proceed with the Video Demonstration of Safety Features aboard the American Airlines 767-200 aircraft.
During the video, the Flight Attendants would walk up and down the aisle insuring that baggage was properly stowed and that all seat belts, tray tables, and overhead bins were in their respective locked and stowed positions. Then the Flight Attendants would make one last check in the Galleys to insure the meal and liquor carts were correctly locked and braked. And they would pass through First/Business Class one last time to collect the remaining service items from the Pre-Departure service.
After insuring that everything was in order for departure they would be seated, and more than likely began a conversation with their fellow crew member in reference what to do when they got to L.A., who kids had a birthday, who bid which line for the next month!
The rest very sadly is history!
We will never know!
Did the terror start at climb out?
What actions did the Hijackers take first?
What was the reaction of the Flight Attendants?
What was the reaction of the Passengers?
How was the cockpit door opened?
Did the Hijackers go to the back of the plane?
Did the Hijackers move the passengers?
Who did the Hijackers harm first?
We know one thing for certain. Moments prior to the impact - Sara Low, the Purser on Flight 11. Was on her cellular telephone describing what she saw from the aircraft window - she had stated -
“I can see water, I can see buildings, Oh my God”
The next few seconds had to have been an eternity for Sara, the remaining Flight Attendants and the passengers. Did they actually realize what was happening? Did they know that the end was inevitable? Did they know this would change the World?
-at 08:43 am American Airlines Flight 11 met its fate in New York City-
For now, those of us that knew those incredible Flight Attendants, must stop and wonder.
What could I have done?
What would I have done different?
Could I have stopped it?
And the one everlasting line-
“I wish I would have said I love you, just one last time”
This is in memory of all persons that dies on 9-11-01!
This is the legacy - What becomes of their beloved industry!
We have to wear our wings proud. Everyday, be it good or be it bad - at least we still have wings!
Think of that the next time you see an elderly couple, a child, or a couple settle into their seats!
**** We Have Wings Today - For The Sacrifice They Made Yesterday ****