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UpToPar
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What was air travel like before 9/11?
I’m sure many posters here, like me, have no recollection of air travel prior to TSA and 9/11. What was it like? Did you just essentially walk onto an airplane? Was there any security?


TH03
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
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Did you just essentially walk onto an airplane?


Pretty much. And family members/friends could wait at the gate for you to arrive or say goodbye at the gate.


Geaux23
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
much easier to masturbate on an airplane

thanks alot bin laden
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Black n Gold
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Easy as hell. Metal detectors is about all. You could also walk into a terminal without having a ticket and meet friends and family coming off planes.


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GreyWhiskers
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Ask D.B. Cooper.. wait, he has never been found.
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The Boat
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Airports had their own security

Anyone could go to the gate without a ticket
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arseinclarse
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SSpaniel
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Friends and family could meet you at the gate, you didn't have to arrive 2 hours early... it was vastly easier than it is today.

You could go to an airport and just go from gate to gate if you so desired. Not sure why you would, but you could if you wanted to.


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PowerTool
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Went through security to board. I remember my backpack full of toys getting inspected (as a kid!) because it looked weird in the metal detector.

Being able to greet people right at the gate was the main difference.


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Nodust
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Pocket knives under certain size were allowed. That may have stopped before but not much before. Walking to the gate to meet my wife at gate sounds strange now.


crazytiger
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Luggage wasn’t even screened before being loaded at most airports.


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real turf fan
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Much easier.

Take Southwest. Basically in Texas we could treat it as if we were taking the Chicago subway. Buy your ticket walk to the gate, walk on. Get there earlier, take any available flight.

People seemed to behave better because the security stuff felt as if it were there to stop the bad guys (shoe bomber) and not to frisk Granny or your five year old son.

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Big Block Stingray
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
In college in the late 90's I flew to Vegas with (2) 5ths of Goose in my carry on and opened it/drank from it mid flight.


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lsunurse
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Member since Dec 2005
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
No one cared what liquids you packed in your carryon.


Adam4848
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LA
Member since Apr 2006
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
You could walk around anywhere in the airport to meet your family as they got off the airplane. It was much more relaxed.

You could not simply walk into the jetways, that has remained the same.


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fr33manator
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Not really any more dangerous than now. The TSA is worthless


Jones
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
you could go and just watch the planes take off and land

you do that now, and the feds would be up your arse in 15 minutes


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genuineLSUtiger
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Much more lax and laid back. Arrive 20 minutes ahead of time and basically just walk straight to the gate


Lsupimp
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
You could stab a guy for annoying you. I once took out a Chinese guy with a Bowie knife on an Eastern Airlines flight for eyeing my Sony Walkman .


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