When the news broke about Osama Bin Laden’s death, I was sitting at a friend’s house posting on Twitter about an event I had attended earlier in the day–and thinking about my need to travel on an airplane the very next day.
We quickly turned on the news hoping to hear President Obama confirm what was reported all over Twitter. It took a bit before we heard it from the President, but ultimately we knew the news was legitimate. Of course our thoughts went to the details of what happened and how, along with how those impacted most by his violence were handling the news.
But then, in the home where I was sitting, our thoughts went to how it would change our lives the very next day when we headed to the airport.
I had to fly home to Atlanta and was hoping to book an earlier flight before this happened. The husband of the friend I was staying with was flying from LA to Boston for work. Boston was where many of the planes from the 911 attacks originated.
Heightened Security Concerns
It’s safe to say we knew security was going to be on high alert in both places. And as I arrived at the airport this morning I knew our assumption was correct. I was able to book an earlier flight…a great surprise.
But sitting at the gate for my flight, I watched as two police cars flew by the window wall, on their way to something in a hurry. I have to assume they were headed to a plane, but have no way of knowing for sure.
Boarding the plane, we were made aware that TSA was going to check IDs for some passengers, not all, and that we should cooperate.
Beyond that, it was a flight like any other, other than most of us being glued to the satellite TV offered on our four hour flight.
And, at least in my case, with thoughts of the deceased passengers from the 911 flights heavy on my mind. It was tough to sit and not imagine myself in their shoes, hoping something like that never happens again.