I don't think many of us
will ever forget this day - and how it effected not only the ones that lost
loved ones - but those of us who just stood by - not knowing what to do -
feeling helpless. I know that morning I was listening to the news - when
the first plane hit the tower. I thought - WTF - is this for real?
I immediately went and turned on the television - to watch - and to learn how
quickly live can change forever. Never before had the world witnessed
terrible events broadcast live on their television screens. So much confusion
that was difficult to put into words arose in such a short time. I know
I had called up my husband Mike at work - telling him what was
happening. He works in aviation as a mechanic on airplanes - so for
him - it was hard to take - as I described to him the replay of what had
happened - crying at the same time. Thinking
that this isn't a movie with a beefed up hero on the screen, this is for real!!!
I think most of us all
day long just sat on the edges of our seat - not wanting to go anywhere except
home - to be with our loved ones. I know I felt lost. Remember the
first time you saw an aircraft flying again? I do, the silence in the
skies changed - and it just seemed eerie to see a plane in the sky. It
was hard not to stare and think "what if?" Sigh.
The effects of 9-11 have
changed how we travel by air today - to the point - that some people are still
put off by it. I know for myself, with the regulations on liquids - and
being a diabetic - I didn't really want to fly if I didn't have to - once air
flight was permitted in our skies again. I have found that despite
my annoyance in the beginning of being taken away to a secure area ever since I
started wearing an insulin pump, while both my body and luggage were
searched/swabbed, that it's not something I should feel guilty or annoyed
at. These officers have a duty to protect everyone, and if they let
someone go through with an explosive substance, I want them caught!
According to a pump group I belong to, just 3 oz. can cause a very destructive
explosion - something that I don't even like to type out here in plain view for
all to read - but I am.
What has scared me with
some of the postings in forums on flying with a pump is some people will hide
the fact that they wear a pump. Using
various methods to conceal it by removing metal clips that would perhaps send
the metal detector off, placing it in areas that won't be so obvious due to it's
bulge. Even to the point of removing the
pump and placing it in their luggage that goes underneath the aircraft!. Why should they compromise their health/freedom
just because of maybe a 20 minute delay in reaching their gate is what goes
through my mind?
As the link at TSA says - "Notify the Security Officer that you have diabetes and are carrying your
supplies with you." What is so
difficult about that if it means the security and safety of your fellow
passengers on the plane you are flying on?