Heart-warming, Jeff - SO glad he made it back to flying. A lot didn't, though, evidently.
I suppose I have a 9/11 story of my own. At the time I had a flight to the USA booked to visit friends/relatives in early October - Melbourne-New York via LAX
, a side-trip to Norfolk VA., then a stopover in LA
on the way back.
The first thing that happened was that the travel agent rang up and said, "I suggest that you cancel your flights - you can do it without charge." I said, "To hell with that, I'm still going." He replied, "I guessed that - thing is, though, I can rebook you again straight away on pretty well the same flights for about $200 less......."
That done, I rang my brother's family in Manhattan Beach to confirm my 'booking' for their spare room. My sister-in-law answered - I can still hear her saying, "You're FLYING? At THIS time....?"
I'll never forget the nation-wide, maybe even worldwide, panic that gripped the 'flying public' after 9/11. I never thought it was logical - what chance that Al Queda could whistle up ANOTHER twenty-odd suicidal maniacs with flying training and US visas, and do the same thing over again at short notice?
I never realised, before that article, though, just how huge the human cost was, in terms of airline jobs.....
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci