Any commercial airliner flights on 9/13/01 were only repositioning or crew transport flights or maybe those who were stopped in Canada comming from Europe. From what I recall, true commercial paid passanger flights were not resumed until the following Monday. From the 12th to the 20th, the only real flights were those by the President, US military, Police, FBI, CIA
, human transplant transfer, medical supplies (drugs), important financial papers (had to keep the banks open and the money flowing even during a war like crises, and that is understandable).
Richard Clark, the guy who got a lot of publicity for his book condemming Bush recently, was the one whom authorized some of the 'emergency flights' described in F-9/11. These were on government or private bizjets or small jet charters. They included members of the bin Ladan family, some of whom were respected residents or here legaly in the US.
While I agree that they all - Saudi princes or binLaden family members - shoud have been 'transported' for their safety from potential assult by members of the public (or maybe they should have left them to the hands of the mobs) they should have ALL
been brought to a military base for intensive interrigation, their financial accounts frozen in the USA, and held until we captured their perveted relative/fellow Saudi. As to the 'princes' they are a dime a dozen, and there are problems as to 'diplomatic immunity' with them. It was not well reported, but in the days and months following 9/11, there were hundreds of assults in the USA on those thought to be Muslim, or wearing a turbin (like Sikks), so some protective removal has some reasoning. In some cases, some Saudis and other Arab region residents were allowed to leave on the next available commercial flights to Europe and to the Arab region when flights resumed.
Don't forget that Moore is using some 'creative license' in this film to put his point across, and sometimes stretched the truth. Yet, at other times, is more true than the press was at the time. Don't forget, we were traumatized, united against this new enemy, and wanted avengece as soon and as severe as possible (three weeks later we were in Afganistan). For many months, the press didn't take a critical view of the proposed policies of war on terror of Bush, or note challanges of the public to them. Many people were thus sold a bill of bad goods as to going into Iraq.
Another problem as to when to resume flights after 9/11 for 'others' was the failure of security to then that had to be changed massively and immediately.
I hope the film isn't taken as the only story of that day or the time since then, but makes people think about what their government does from not just a short term view, but a long term view.