Airports the Day of and After 9/11

By: Katherine Sweat

The day of the September 11th attacks, the United States airports went into panic. Once two hijacked planes hit into the two world trade centers, the FAA called for the national grounding of roughly 4,000 planes. This meant that all domestic flights were told to land immediately and any planes flying into the United States were sent to Canada. This caused an influx of people to crowd American and Canadian airports for the days that followed. To say this situation was chaos would be an enormous understatement. People became stranded at random airports, frustrated, anxious, and confused about the situations they, and this country, were in. After the North American airspace was closed, the only flights allowed were military oriented (which were approved by the United States Air Force and FAA). This meant the North American skies were essentially clear, that is until September 13th. Three days after the United States suffered a terrorist attack through the hijacking of U.S. airlines, the FAA announced that the North American Airspace would reopen. However, in light of recent events, the FAA explained that strict security regulations would now be enforced in U.S. airports.