"The more I find out, the less I know."

Sunday - September 10, 2006 at 12:08 PM in

Flying on 9/11


I didn't realize this at the time I booked the tickets, but I have a 7:30 AM flight for the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. I'm going to Seattle for a trade show.
If for no other reason than the symbolism of the date, I expect that all the airports will be on infra-red high alert. If water is the latest "threat," then I won't be surprised if they make all the passengers empty their bladders before going through security.

I am not expecting any real risk. Statistically, even if I had been flying on 9/11/2001, I would have had only a slight chance of dying in a terrorist attack. Tomorrow, I'm far more worried about falling down the dark stairs in my house as I leave before dawn than I am about being the victim of random (or unrandom) violence.

Nevertheless, I have no doubt that the collective paranoia of millions of my fellow Americans--especially those few hundred thousand specifically entrusted to keep the airways safe--will ensure an absolutely miserable flight.

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