SLC1
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9/11 Loads

Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:06 pm

I'm sorry if this was discussed before but the search function didn't turn anything up.

I noticed while browsing an index of plane crashes that the 757s and 767s were really empty on 9/11/2001, no disrespect to those who lost their lives. Is there a particular reason for this?
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WesternA318
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:10 pm

My uneducated theory would be that the terrorists bought out chunks of seats? I doubt it, but I dunno...
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:10 pm

Not sure why either, but loads for this past year on many of the flights were fairly full, i think because 9/11 was a tuesday and most kids were back in school the week before. Also, being a Tuesday, this is more a business pax route then leasure.
 
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:54 pm

I think the flights would been fuller later in the day. It was a Tuesday morn. Most cross country flying is done on Monday during a business week. Weekends for leisure. And yes, back to school and all.
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Tue Dec 14, 2004 9:58 pm

Tuesdays are the quietest day of the week. That's why the hijackers chose that day.
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:00 pm

I can see the argument that terrorists chose a tuesday because it would be less busy and thus less chance of delays, etc. foiling their plans. But it seems like a busy day would make them get past security more easily/unnoticed and would cost more lives, from their view, I guess their plans take precedence then.
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:44 pm

SLC1 my understanding was that the terrorist picked the flights they picked because of the usually lighter load first thing in the morning, thus assuring less congestion and headache when it came to corralling the hostages. Obviously, the lower the passenger load, the lower the chance that someone or some group of passengers could mess up their plans . . . . well, they were apparently correct 3 out of 4 times . . . bully for the UA pax that went down in PA. And Rest in Peace all.
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:36 am

ANCFlyer, thanks, I guess that makes sense-I was just thinking that maybe a day with moderate traffic would have made more sense from their perspective, may those who died rest in peace. thank god those other posts were deleted. it's time to let this thread die.
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:38 am

Also, remember that there was about 20% more capacity in the industry at that time ... and the dot-com bubble had already had its big burst, hence travel was down.
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RE: 9/11 Loads

Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:51 am

Ssides hit it exactly, I think. This was, of course, before the industry was in the toilet. Frequency was no problem for the airlines.
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