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Judging the Safety of Airplane Travel in the Wake of 911

Ever since the world was shaken by the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and on the Pentagon in Washington D.C., one might ask, “Is flying safe? Or is it professional suicide?” I watched, with thousands of others around the globe, as New York City was covered in thick smoke and as chaos went rampant in the streets. I saw heroes risk life and limb to save others. Still, one question remains: Why did we not have security on these planes?

It is a question that even now in the post-9/11 period has no answer or reply. We should find other forms of transportation that do not require flying if planes cannot be secured and kept in safety’s hands. If we had secured those planes and ensured that nothing of a serious or dangerous nature was going on up there, we could have saved the lives of those innocent women and children that perished in the skies on that terrible day.

I feel that our government is not doing enough to secure our airways in order to maintain protection from terrorism or other dangers that could wreak havoc on metropolitan areas, and not just New York City. Other cities are at risk too, notably Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, or even my hometown-Houston. It is a risk that could raise this question: Are planes still safe and secure ways of getting around from place to place, or are they nothing other than terrorist missiles that bear the American Airlines logo and destroy major buildings in which people work and live in every day?

It is a question that many Americans, especially those who depend on planes for long-distance business trips and summer vacations, should really consider before buying that plane ticket. It might make them think about those 2,700 souls that died under the illusion that the airways were always safe. That plane ticket could be the last one that they ever buy. As the spring and summer approach, people must think for their safety and the safety of their families before they fly those so-called “friendly skies.”