9/11

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On September 11, 2001, 19 militants hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third plane hit the Pentagon in Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Approximately 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 attacks.

The destruction from the events of 9/11 were so awful that it took 10 months to clean everything up and to return to full-function in the city. This was possible only with help from many people outside of the city. The damage cost between $33 billion and $36 billion dollars. September 11th affected people and the city in so many ways. They had to figure out what to do after so many losses. Loss of people, and loss of everything surrounding the towers. It’s difficult to imagine what this experience was like for those who experienced it first-hand.

The flight experience has been modified since this horrific event. Officials take things more seriously, pay more attention, and have stricter passenger and crew guidelines. At the time of 9/11, no boarding pass or ID was needed to go to the gate, and they also allowed 4-inch-blade knives on the planes. Now, shoes are taken off and you can’t even have liquids over 3.4 oz. High tech body scanners are used and technology continues to improve this process.