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St. Maarten And 9/11

Mon May 17, 2004 10:23 pm

With the runway right behind the beach in St. Maarten, did they close the beach in that area down after 9/11? It seems like you could practically reach up and touch a plane when it is landing. Although it is an airport i would LOVE to see  Big thumbs up
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Mon May 17, 2004 10:24 pm

No, beach still open from trip reports and stuff i have heard on the forums
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Mon May 17, 2004 10:26 pm

I am not sure, I know all US commercial aviation was shut down I don't know about there. I want to go to that airport one day! They sure do come in low!
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Mon May 17, 2004 10:44 pm

You don't need an airport next to something for 9/11 to happen. Let's not forget that those planes started out nowhere near their targets.
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Mon May 17, 2004 10:55 pm

I was just at Maho Beach in St. Maarten a week ago....definitely NOT closed. In fact, the *security* (more appropriately, lack thereof) is the same as it was pre-9/11. I had my camera through holes in the fence, less than 100 yards from the departing aircraft. I have never had a problem there.

While there, I saw a WinAir Twin Otter pull all the way down next to the fence and make a hard 180, swinging his right wing *over* the fence. As in...I could have lost my head if I wasn't paying attention! I guess it was to amuse the crowd, as I saw no other legitimate reason for a Twin Otter to backtrack into the runway overrun area prior to takeoff!

In my opinion, the more important thing that spotters have to deal with while at Maho Beach is the sun/heat. I was going through a bottle of water every 10-15 minutes (sold for $1 at the Sunset Beach Bar right on the beach).

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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Mon May 17, 2004 10:57 pm

I know it is open now but i was just wondering if it was closed right after the other planes hit?
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Mon May 17, 2004 11:09 pm

In my opinion, the more important thing that spotters have to deal with while at Maho Beach is the sun/heat.

Not to mention the topless women sunbathers  Smokin cool
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Mon May 17, 2004 11:11 pm

but the question is...are they old topless women  Sad or of the younger variety  Big thumbs up
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 1:32 am

Typically the younger women were the topless ones...thank God!  Big thumbs up

I haven't heard of Maho Beach ever being closed, even right after 9/11. Different way of life down there, I guess... As I stuck my camera through the holes in the fence (even in March '02), the pilots typically just wave....even for AA, US, CO, etc. The pilots are probably more concerned with getting a good view of the aforementioned sunbathers before taking off back to dismal locales such as PIT, EWR, etc.  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 1:38 am

is there a decent fare down to St. Maarten?? I would love to see the airport and of course the "other" scenery  Big thumbs up
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 1:45 am

is there a decent fare down to St. Maarten?? I would love to see the airport and of course the "other" scenery

Rarely, if ever. Even during the fare "sales" the fares are usually more than $400RT to SXM.
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 2:15 am

OK, somewhat off topic but, let's get real here. Are there men who really care if the women who are topless are older or younger? As far as I know, men pretty much just like to look at nude women, regardless of age. True, the younger ones may be more appealing but there is something to be said about "experience".
I could not resist. I apologize in anticipation to anyone who may be offended. I wonder if this will be my first posting that gets deleted.
So, returning to topic, one of the huge concerns after 9/11 has been airplanes being taken down by surface to air missiles. I suppose the original poster was asking about that. I know that perimeters around US airports have been restricted or closed down completely. And St. Maarten/St. Martin have pretty easy access and plenty of private places (like hotel room balconies overlooking the runway at SXM) for someone to plot something.
I would say that this is an area of great danger. As someone said, security there is the same as it's ever been.
Just my opinion.
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 2:31 am

I bet in the future something will happen and people will be unable to get that close to the aircraft. Hopefully that doesn't happen until I've experienced it myself in a couple of years time. I'm definitely going there after college. Big grin

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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 6:48 am

OK, somewhat off topic but, let's get real here. Are there men who really care if the women who are topless are older or younger? As far as I know, men pretty much just like to look at nude women, regardless of age.

Speak for yourself, big guy. I like boobs that you don't have to reach down to play with. Stay away from leathery boobs, too. Simple as that!

I'm planning on going down there sometime in the future, just gotta make sure i don't get distracted since I'll be there with the g/f.
 
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 7:29 am

As far as I know, men pretty much just like to look at nude women, regardless of age. True, the younger ones may be more appealing but there is something to be said about "experience".

Uggghh... So you're trying to say that you wouldn't mind being on a beach with naked fify and sixty-something women? Uh, no thanks. Give me my hot, nubile 20-somethings and I'm one happy camper, anything over 40, you're talking stupid.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 7:39 am

I was there one month after 9/11. It was fine.

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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 7:41 am

I sure as hell have NO desire to look at a woman whose breasts are lower than my...well you know what i am talking about  Big thumbs up
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RE: St. Maarten And 9/11

Tue May 18, 2004 7:49 am

First of all: There is no high building to fly into at St. Maarten, and second: Arabs don't even know where it is......

Don't worry, as long as everybody on that beach drinks alcohol we're safe..  Laugh out loud