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How 9/11 changed travel forever
Twenty years ago today, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes over the US and carried out suicide attacks against targets. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, a third plane hit the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It was the beginning to combat terrorism and tighten air travel security. Immediately after the attack, a strict identity check was mandated, creating long lines to go through security gates and get on board. Soon, the No Fly List was created to list people who are barred from boarding commercial aircraft to, from, and inside the US. Later, liquids were prohibited to be brought into the cabin, shoes were removed for screening, and cockpit doors became bulletproof. Indeed, air travel after 9.11.2001 is quite different from before. And now, a face mask is required during the flight because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As Afghanistan fell to the Taliban again, will we worry more about the safety of air travel?
Enjoy reading the article about the changes after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US.