Flying on 9/11: Smooth, Somber Sailing

By ABC News

Sep 11, 2011 1:52pm

ABC News’ Sheila Marikar reports:

It’s the one day when delays, longer than usual security screenings and other annoyances of air travel would be forgiven.  

Ironically, at least for this traveler, flying on 9/11 involved almost none of that.  

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport was quiet when I arrived at 5:15 this morning. Granted, that may have had more to do with the early hour than with the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks. Aside from two TSA agents at the gate rechecking passengers’ boarding passes with identification as we descended the boarding ramp, getting on the plane was business as usual.  

The Spirit Airlines crew made no mention of the date, nor did any travelers I came across. There seemed to be an overwhelming desire to get up and down from 30,000 feet as quickly as possible, as if everyone made a silent agreement: “Let’s grit our teeth and get on with our lives.” 

So we did. I slept through the little more than hour long flight to New York; we landed at LaGuardia Airport 25 minutes ahead of schedule. With no bags checked, it took the span of an average TV commercial break to get from the plane into a waiting cab.

 To paraphrase Radiohead, there were no alarms and no surprises. I, for one, appreciated that.

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