A Long Trip 16 Years Ago

This weekend I have been remembering a very long trip that I took 16 years ago. It was long for several reasons. First, it was to a place very far away and second it took me much longer to get home than expected.

Heathrow Airport - British Air 747 - September 11, 2001 - 9/11I had been in South Africa conducting a training course and was heading home on September 10th. I landed in London early in the morning on September 11 and was waiting for my flight home to San Francisco. While waiting I took pictures of some of the many aircraft, including the British Airways 747 that I would be flying on.

Concorde - Heathrow - Septemer 11, 2001 - 9/11 - Test Flight of ConcordeI also saw a Concorde on a taxiway as it was getting ready for a test flight before being certified to return to service.

I boarded the plan and little did I realize I would not make it home for quite some time.

I don’t think I need to remind most of my readers about what happened on September 11, 2001. It was an event that changed the lives of many and also the way that we travel.

September 11, 2001 - 9/11 - Planes on runway in Edmonton, Canada - Long JourneyInstead of landing in San Francisco we set down in Edmonton since US airspace was closed. I spent the night in Edmonton before flying back to London for another two nights.

I could retell the entire saga here, but instead I will point you to what I have written previously. You can read my recap of the trip at: Remembering September 11

Planes on Runway - 9/11 - September 11, 2001 - Edmonton, Canada - British Airways - TragedyThis was a very emotional time as I was held out of my country for several days and had no idea when I was going to be able to go home. It also changed how I traveled. Not only was travel more difficult with tighter restrictions and security, but it kept student from many countries from traveling to the United States for my classes. I had to travel to more countries since the students couldn’t come to me.

Each year as this date rolls around it is a very hard day for me. It is a time however for reflection and remembering that even though it was a difficult time everything thing worked together for good.

Do you remember what you were doing on this fateful day?

Steven

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