The recent attack of terror on the World Trade Center has crippled America, inflicting wounds that likely will not be healed for many years to come. One of these blows has come to our economy, which was already in a worsening state, but now has taken a horrible turn. If one industry could be pinpointed to lose more than any other, it could arguably be the airline industry. These vital businesses are literally bleeding cash in excess of tens of millions each day, with little hope for better days ahead. The American airline industry could lose up to four key players, and countless more smaller airlines which provide the feed to these major airlines.
With over 9,000 users at Airliners.net, we have a very useful vehicle to make points and propagate them throughout the online aviation world. In times of crisis, this tool must be used to our greatest advantage. So, tonight, I ask all users to join together, and for a moment, forget about your favorite airline. Forget about your favorite manufacturer. Forget about everything. For a moment, let us all become fans of the entire airline industry, those of us involved and those who are not. The request I have is for everyone to take a few minutes out of their lives and write or email a Congressman in support of granting the airline industry government money to resume operations and save carriers from the hell that is bankruptcy. Thousands will lose jobs. Price wars will flare up. Morale will decline. This cannot be allowed to happen.
Let us prove how strong our democracy is by showing that the will of the people can have a say in how our government conducts business. And let us again prove to these cowardly terrorists that America is not done yet, in fact we have done something unprecendented. We have come together so strongly that the patriotism of the American people has never been higher. We have made these terrorists' plans backfire already. Let's rub it in their faces more by proving that every element of the American industry will bounce back from this tragedy. The aviation world will be no exception.