Challenge No 52 – 9/11

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It’s been 14 years today since 9/11, which I remember like it was yesterday.

I was just about to take an American Airlines flight from Las Vegas to London after having a holiday in Sin City. The shock had a ripple effect on everyone, phones were down and there was no internet service. Everyone was glued to TV screens watching in horror, tears rolling down their cheeks and hands covering their faces. I was numb and still to this day, I don’t know if it was shock or fear or even both. I was about to take the same airline used for the devastation caused that day.

I had to stay another 5 days in Las Vegas before I could return home and I had seriously ran out of money. Credit card machines were down so I was pretty much confined to my hotel room watching the TV waiting for the latest reports. This was nothing compared to people who had personally experienced a loss or injury due to that days events.

That day changed airport security worldwide and even though it seems an inconvenience sometimes, I would rather have safety any day. I was terrified on my flight home and the flight seemed very subdued, which was only to be expected. Passengers were suspicious of everyone on the flight, which seems ridiculous now but only natural.

7/7 in London brought back the same emotions experienced from 9/11 but this time I had friends and family commuting into London to their workplaces. I did experience a whole different fear, wondering if these people were safe. I was working in Oxfordshire then, about an hours commute from London and in a safe environment.

9/11 will always stay with me as long as I live. My heart goes out to all the people who were and are still affected from that days events. ❤️

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