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TH03
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
It's security theatre.


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LuckyTiger
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
I remember the smoking section in planes. The back of every plane was filled with cigarette smoke from all the smoking passengers.

Your family would walk all the way to the gate and you would say your goodbyes there. You didn’t need a ticket, you could go all over the airport.

Security was a quick walk through a metal detector. No ID required.


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redstick13
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
It was BYOB.


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auzach91
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
I remember the first time I flew, I was 9 (so 1 year before 9/11) going to Texas to spend a week with my best friend. My parents took me to the gate and when we went through the metal detector my dad forgot to leave his knife. He told them he was just dropping me off at the gate and they let him keep it

Thats about all I got though.
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oreeg
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?


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mylsuhat
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
I used to go to the terminal when my dad would fly for work. We would hang out at the gate and watch through the window as the plane taxied and took off


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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
At small airports you could stand on the tarmac and watch your friends/relatives walk up the stairs into the plane.

Large airports you could sit at the gate with them until they boarded.

You still had scanners here and there, but not mandatory everywhere as they are now.

Seinfeld at the airport in '93:


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Y.A. Tittle
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
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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.



I remember coming through as a kid around 1980 with a pirate cap gun I had gotten at Disney World (sort of an old muzzle loading pistol replica) that set off the detector, and security just sort of having a chuckle and saying "let's go ahead and check that."


RogerTheShrubber
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
At the local airport, Alaska Airlines personnel manned the security point. There was an x-ray machine for carry one luggage and they hit you with a wand. Piece of cake.


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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
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Pocket knives under certain size were allowed.
watch a John Wayne movie called the High and the Mighty (1954).

A man wants to kill the guy who's banging his wife, so he tries to get on a plane the guy is on, with a gun. He's found out, his gun is taken, and he throws a fit.

Eventually he calms down, boards the plane... And the stewardess gives him his gun back.





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kywildcatfanone
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Wider seats, better meals.



RummelTiger
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
I was flying a lot before and after 9/11. Talk about some silent-ass flights...the first, probably, 3-months after you could hear a pin drop on every flight...and you looked around and marked each person that looked like they could be any kind of threat. If someone sneezed towards the cockpit, then they were getting their arse kicked.

Also remember having some .223 ammo in a bag that made it with me to Seattle after a flight, so I just left that shite in a hotel garbage so I didn't get on the "No Fly List". I would always get kicked aside for additional screening - was annoying as frick, but I assume it had to do with my dark olive complexion, muscular build, and frequency of travel.

I don't really miss the old days, as I like the extra security, though it would be nice to be able to have family come to the gate...


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Jim Rockford
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Flight from Dallas to SLC with a stopover in Denver. I got off in Denver to stretch my legs and left my ticket on the plane. They let me back on no problem.


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LCA131
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
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What was air travel like before 9/11


Most of the seats were similar in size to a nice leather lazy boy recliner. You could take your own liquor and beer on there. You couldn't take a full size cooler but something like a playmate was okay. All of the flight attendants were good looking, wore short skirts, and were sexy whores. If the plane wasn't full, they'd sell you a ticket at the gate for about five bucks. Most of the meals were grilled steaks oh, things like that. they actually grilled the steaks on the plane. They had a little vent windows that took the smoke out.

About like now.


whoisnickdoobs
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
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family members/friends could wait at the gate for you to arrive or say goodbye at the gate.


They stopped allowing that like 5 or 10 years before 9/11 if I remember correctly.
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Btrtigerfan
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
I read this entire thread waiting for this.


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GetBackToWork
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re: What was air travel like before 9/11?
Travel in foreign countries would seem similar to what you experience now. The English had enough with the IRA, and later Lockerbie, to know explosive screening and passenger manifests needed scrutiny.

It was not so lax as some describe it here. You still had a metal detector and bag screening, just no removing shoes, belts, etc and no bomb sniffer/see through scanner that slows down the line.


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