First Girl Jill Biden spoke as we speak of her sister being a United Airways flight attendant on 9/11 and the panic of not understanding the place she was that day. BOH editor Rob additionally labored for United Airways and flew globally due to that job. And BOH editor Jeff was flying around the globe and simply missed touring on that fateful day. He was on the best way dwelling to Hawaii. All of us have tales to inform of the place we have been that day, however nothing compares to the households who misplaced family members, each right here in Hawaii, and around the globe.
It was emotional making ready for this, and we hope you will discover it significant too. First, we have been reminded of simply how younger the general public who died have been, and the way vigorous. And in a very totally different vein, how a lot the world modified perpetually that in the future we’ll always remember, together with Hawaii journey.
How 9/11 modified journey perpetually to Hawaii and elsewhere.
For those who dwell in Hawaii, air journey is simply a part of regular life. There’s no approach to keep away from it. It’s onerous to even bear in mind what it was wish to journey to and inside Hawaii earlier than 9/11, however let’s simply say it was vastly totally different. Whereas we had already entered the world of journey safety, we didn’t have TSA, the lengthy never-ending traces, and the various guidelines. Right here in Hawaii, we might typically get to the airport quarter-hour earlier than a flight and simply stroll on. Wow, we’d forgotten simply how that tragedy modified journey right here and all over the place.
TSA was created two months after 9/11, and with that got here screening of passengers, checked and carry-on luggage, and bolstered cockpits, amongst different issues. Then got here shoe removing and lots of different guidelines.
Every measure to make us safer additionally made us extra depressing.
There have been new guidelines on carrying liquids too. With every new layer, journey slowed down and it was made more difficult. Don’t overlook to take away your belt and your jacket too. And naturally your electronics, and your meals. Then there have been pat downs, air marshalls, and flight attendants defending planes as a brand new main job perform.
Following have been lengthy traces which have solely worsened, though TSA developed the PreCheck and different applications to assist shorten the traces for some who’re keen to pay additional. We bear in mind not way back when PreCheck was free.
And this all continues to evolve with using extra superior screening expertise, facial recognition, and databases that retailer details about us and our travels.
And all this earlier than Covid struck and as soon as once more upended journey.
There’s little doubt about it. The 9/11 tragedy modified journey for the more serious, and it continues to be increasingly more difficult.
Remembering the women and men of Hawaii whose lives have been misplaced on 9/11.
Hawaii Governor Ige mentioned, “WHEREAS, every year on 9/11, we respectfully honor the sacrifice of the various first responders and the reminiscence of the lads, girls, and kids whose lives have been misplaced within the assaults, together with these whose hearts and reminiscences are with households in Hawai’i—Michael Collins, 38; Patricia Colodner, 39; Georgine Corrigan, 56; Maile Hale, 26; Heather Ho, 32; Richard Keane, 54; David Laychak, 40; Richard Y.C. Lee, 34; and Christine Snyder, 32.”
Michael Collins, 38, graduated from Leilehua Excessive Faculty and died on the WTC. He was survived by his spouse.
Patricia Colodner, 39, was Hawaii-born and moved to NYC. She died within the WTC and was survived by her husband and two kids.
Georgine Corrigan, from Honolulu, age 56, of Honolulu. She died on UAL 93 that day whereas returning dwelling to Hawaii from a enterprise journey. She was survived by her daughter.
Maile Hale, age 26, was born and raised in Honolulu. She died at WTC whereas attending a piece convention.
Heather Malia Ho, age 32, a famed pastry chef who graduated from Punahou, then labored in San Francisco earlier than transferring to NYC to turn out to be pastry chef at Home windows on the World; the famend WTC restaurant on the 106 and 107 flooring of the North Tower.
Richard Keane, age 54, was at work for his job at WTC when he died. He was survived by his spouse, 5 kids, and two grandchildren.
David Laychak, age 40, of Honolulu, died whereas working on the Pentagon. He was survived by his spouse and two kids.
Richard Y.C. Lee. age 34, was additionally at work on the WTC when he died. He was survived by his spouse and one baby.
Christine Snyder, age 32, of Kailua, died on flight UAL 93 whereas returning dwelling. She was survived by her husband.
Might their reminiscences be a blessing as we replicate on 9/11.
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